Disturbing footage of a French-speaking Catholic priest slapping a baby boy across the face during his baptism has emerged online.
The shocking clip, originally shared on social platform Reddit, shows a woman holding a crying infant. The elderly clergyman can be heard calling the situation a 'tantrum.'
Attempting to console the child, the priest grabs the child's face and tells him to 'calm down'.
When the inconsolable baby continues to cry, the visibly agitated priest strike him across the face, hard enough to make a clear sound in the clip.
A couple, presumed to be parents of the infant, can be heard gasping.
The priest then attempts to pull the child closer before a bearded man grapples him away.
The YouTube video has amassed more than 187,000 v views thousands more on Facebook and Twitter.
No one in the video has been identified, and the location is still unknown.