Footage: Bus Driver Slaps 'Disrespectful' Boy

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition in support of the bus driver.

The unnamed Parisian bus driver has divided France after a video of him slapping a 12-year-old boy went viral.

The boy had run across the street in Arcueil, in the south of Paris, in front of the bus, causing the driver the brake suddenly.

After confronting the him, the driver had insults thrown at him, before he slapped the boy for 'disrespect'.

Image: Snapchat

In the video, which was shared on Snapchat, the boy and his friends can be heard shouting at the driver, before he returns to his bus.

A petition started by his colleagues has garnered more than 300,000 signatures in support of the driver, who is facing disciplinary action from the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports).

Image: Snapchat

The driver's colleagues defend his actions, saying it was what "any parent would have done".

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He is facing losing his job as the state-operated RATP investigates the incident.