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Danish PM Frederiksen: I’m not myself after being attacked

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“It is very intimidating that there is someone who crosses the last physical limit that you have and are allowed to have as a human being. There is some shock and surprise in it,” she added.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement Saturday that the attack “caused minor whiplash” and that the Danish leader was “shaken by the incident.” Eyewitnesses said they saw a man give her a “hard push on the shoulder.”

In a post on Instagram, Frederiksen asked for “peace” for her “body and soul” to be able to recover.

The police arrested a 39-year-old Polish national who they described as most likely intoxicated and not politically motivated. He will be held in custody until at least June 20.

The attack sparked sympathy from European leaders. Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called it a “despicable act which goes against everything we believe and fight for in Europe” and French President Emmanuel Macron wished Frederiksen a “speedy recovery.”

Frederiksen, who has led Denmark since 2019, said the incident would not cause her to resign.

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