French Athlete is an Asshole.
In France’s defense, this particular competitor comes to them from the African nation they ravaged for centuries Algiers. Not only did the runner do exactly what is alleged and ‘shown on film’ below, but he’s done it before, according to this. Were you too lazy to click the link? If so, it told you of 27 year old Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad forcing a different mascot to kneel before him in Barcelona 2010 (prior to shoving that mascot over) and his fight with a fellow runner and Frenchman, Mehdi Baala in Monaco 2011. There’s not enough eau de toilette nor a bidet big enough to cover up the smell of this asshole.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above abusing a mascot, I once coldcocked the Nittany Lion for grabbing me from behind, but there’s a right way to do things, a wrong way to do things and a hilarious way to do things. THIS IS HOW YOU ABUSE A MASCOT.