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Police Sniper Accidentally Fires Gun During French President’s Speech, Injures Two People

French media reports that two people were shot today after a military police officer accidentally fired his gun in the middle of a speech by President Francois Hollande.

Hollande was in the town of Villognon, where he was opening a new stretch of railway for the Paris-Bordeaux high-speed train line. As Hollande was speaking, a Gendarmerie sharpshooter was watching from the roof when his weapon suddenly discharged.

Indications are that the gun’s safety was unlocked, and it fired while the officer was changing his position. The bullet hit a waiter in the leg before passing into a railway employee’s foot while they worked to set up a party that was going to take place after Hollande’s speech was over.

Hollande stopped speaking when he heard the shot, asking if anyone got hurt before saying “I hope it’s nothing serious.” BBC reports that Hollande visited the wounded at a hospital. A judicial investigation has been launched into the accident.

Watch above, via Sky News.

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