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French police sniper accidentally shoots two during Hollande speech

  • Published at 03:18 pm March 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:21 pm March 1st, 2017
French police sniper accidentally shoots two during Hollande speech

A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Francois Hollande in western France. The shot was fired as the officer moved position on a roof about 100m from a tent where Hollande was speaking in the town of Villognon.

The bullet went through the canvas of the tent, where drinks were being made. It passed through a waiter's thigh and lodged in another person's calf. The injuries were not life-threatening.

Hollande was inaugurating a new stretch of railway when a gunshot was heard. He interrupted his speech for a few moments but reports say there was no panic.

"I hope it's nothing serious, I think not," Hollande said as he paused his address to ask whether anyone had been hurt. The president later visited the injured, the head waiter of a local hotel and an employee of a railway maintenance company.

One local report said the safety catch of the sniper's weapon had been unlocked, allowing the gun to be discharged accidentally. Local government chief Pierre N'Gahane said a judicial investigation had been launched.

Asked if the officer had fired accidentally, he was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying: "Yes, without doubt." The marksman is based with a special protection unit in nearby Poitiers, officials said.

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