Belgium Recalls Ambassador Whose Wife Slapped a Shop Clerk in Seoul

The Belgian embassy in South Korea said it would recall its ambassador because he could no longer work in a “serene way” after his wife slapped a shop assistant in Seoul.

SEOUL — The shop assistant followed the ambassador’s wife out of a Seoul clothing store, stopped her in the street and checked the label of her jacket to make sure it had not been shoplifted.

The customer, Xiang Xueqiu, returned to the store in a rage, slapping the assistant on the back of the head and another in the face. She had not stolen anything, but the attack was captured by surveillance footage and led to a police investigation.

The incident

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