A French police marksman injured two people after suffering a negligent discharge during a speech by French President Francois Hollande.
Only one hundred meters away from where the president was christening a new train line in the town of Villognon, the sniper reportedly left the safety off on his weapon, causing it to discharge while he was changing position.
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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While the shot reportedly interrupted his speech, Hollande seemed rather nonchalant about the whole matter.
“I hope it is nothing serious,” he said, not flinching in the wake of the rifle’s report. Looking to his left, he said “I don’t think so” and continued.
Two people -a waiter and a train employee- were wounded below the waist with non life-threatening injuries. They were taken to the hospital and later comforted by Hollande himself.
According to Sud Ouest, an investigation has been launched to get to the bottom of the matter.
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