Merkel panics after forgetting face mask

Merkel left the lectern after her speech, sat down and appeared to be looking for her face mask when suddenly she threw her arms up into the air once she had realized.

The chancellor quickly got up and returned to the lectern where a parliament official was holding Merkel's face mask while disinfecting the lectern for the next speaker.

Merkel reached for her face mask as one of her fiercest critics, opposition far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel took the floor next to her.

According to parliament rules, lawmakers must wear face masks at all times except at the lectern.