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The Danish Prime Minister is still not feeling well after the street attack

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  • Author, Malu Cursino
  • Role, BBC news

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said she was fulfilling her duties as the country’s leader but had not yet fully recovered from last week’s street attack.

“I’m not really myself yet,” Frederiksen said in an interview with Danish television station DR.

The Prime Minister was punched by a man who approached her in Copenhagen’s Old Town on Friday evening.

“As a human being, I felt like it was an attack on me… but I have no doubt that it was the prime minister who was hit,” the 46-year-old said.

“It was an attack on all of us,” she added, speaking about the noticeable change in tone in Danish politics recently.

Ms Frederiksen is said to have suffered whiplash after the incident. The attack was not considered politically motivated.

The detained 39-year-old Pole appeared before the court in Frederiksberg on Saturday for a preliminary hearing.

Local media reported that he was accused of using violence against a person holding a public office and denies his guilt.

In an interview with DR on Tuesday, Ms Frederiksen said there was no place for any form of violence in Danish society.

The incident, which took place two days before Danes go to the polls for the European elections, was strongly condemned by world leaders, with EU chief Charles Michel expressing his “outrage”.

Frederiksen, 46, became prime minister in 2019 after becoming leader of the center-left Social Democrats four years earlier, making her the youngest prime minister in Denmark’s history.

In the same interview with the Danish radio station, the Prime Minister was asked about the results of the European Parliament elections, in which her Social Democrats were defeated by the green-left SF party, which obtained over 17% of the votes.

Ms Frederiksen, who had to stop campaigning at the weekend to recover from the assault, said she was “truly sorry” about the result but stressed she was listening to the electorate.