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.
Coup de feu pendant le discours de François Hollande à Villognon lors de l’inauguration de la LGV Tours Bordeaux pic.twitter.com/c0Sp5dpLty
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