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Many times parents are left embarrassed and often annoyed because their little bundles of joy just can't seem to settle down, but this video takes it to another level.

A video has surfaced on social media of a French priest slapping a crying baby while he is trying to baptize the tot.

The horrified parents are at first worried when the priest holds the baby in a vice-like grip to stop him from wailing. But he soon loses his temper and hits the child in the face.

The Daily Mail quickly got wind of the video, but it's not known when the footage was filmed, just that it was captured in a church where the ceremony was conducted in French.

The outraged parents react in shock and try to wrestle the baby away from the irritated clergyman.

As the churchgoers begins to murmur, he repeats: "There, you have to calm yourself, you have to calm yourself, there, there."