Belgium’s prime minister has laughed off an incident in which he was pelted with chips and squirted with mayonnaise.
Charles Michel was speaking at a business event in the southern city of Namur when four female activists began shouting “Michel get out, austerity get out”.
They then rushed forward. One then threw chips at the 39-year-old PM, while the others squirted him with mayonnaise.
The women, who were wearing masks, eventually walk out after a bemused looking Mr Michel is led away to a side room.
He restarted his speech, apologising to the audience “that I smell of mayonnaise”.
Chips are a Belgian speciality, and are often served with a heavy dollop of mayonnaise.
Mr Michel’s spokesman said he would not press charges over the incident.
He took office in October, heading a coalition that intends to raise the retirement age to 67 and introduce cuts in the public sector.
This has sparked several rounds of strikes and a number of demonstrations, including a march of more than 100,000 in Brussels which ended in violent protests that injured dozens of police officers.