A leading candidate in France's presidential election was left covered in white powder when a woman dusted him in, what was thought to be, flour during an appearance at a campaign event.
The protester - a 45-year-old woman - ran to the side of the podium where Francois Hollande was speaking and dumped the white powder over him in front of a packed audience in Paris.
Mr Hollande, who is the leading presidential candidate in the 2012 election, was at at the event to sign a 'social contract' in favour of housing for all.
Flour bomb: The unidentified woman throws the white powder over French Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande as he makes a speech
Doused: Hollande was speaking at a housing crisis summit in Paris when he was targeted by the woman
Body guards who jumped in to protect Hollande also took a dusting.
After security guards restrained the woman, she was carried from the stage by her hands and feet.
At first Hollande seemed bemused by the attack, but he quickly regained his composure and as he continued his campaign appearance.
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Despite his face, glasses, hair and suit being covered in flour, he proved he was all-white as he carried on with signing the housing crisis pact just seconds after the attack.
After the attack, the woman shouted that she had been suffering from an injustice but did not go in to specific detail about her case.
Hollande has consistently led polls, well ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Flour power: Body guards who jumped in to protect Hollande also took a dusting
He's all-white: The French Socialist Party candidate continues to sign a housing crisis pact seconds after being doused with flour
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