German minister falls from stage at event


German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier fell off the stage at a digital policy conference in Dortmund on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old stumbled and fell when leaving the stage after opening the conference in the city of Dortmund.

Television footage showed him stepping down from the podium at the end of his speech. The feed then cut to the audience applauding, before they gasped and their hands went to their mouths at the sight of his fall.

The Economy Ministry said in a statement: “Economy Minister Altmaier tripped on the stairs and fell when he was leaving the stage at the digital summit today.”

Altmaier is currently receiving medical treatment.

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