A police sharpshooter accidentally opened fire during a speech by French President Francis Hollande, injuring two people in the process.




Hollande was preparing to reveal the LGV high speed rail line at  Villognon, Charente in western France when a shot rang out at the event. After pausing a moment the President said, “I hope that wasn’t serious,” before continuing his talk.


French media is reporting that the safety trigger on a security agent’s weapon was not engaged when it discharged on a nearby rooftop. The agent shot himself in the foot while another bullet struck a cocktail waiter’s calf.


The injuries were treated on site, and Hollande reportedly met with both individuals following his 20-minute speech.





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