French Policeman Accidently Fires Gun At Hollande Speech; Two Injured

A police sharpshooter accidentally opened fire during French President Francois Hollande's speech, leaving two people slightly injured, an official said. After, he came back down and entered the next room to talk to the people and to see the injured.

One local report said the safety catch was unlocked and the gun discharged.

The injuries were not life-threatening, a prefect of police for Charente region told local media.

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"I hope that wasn't serious", Hollande said nonchalantly before continuing with his speech at the unveiling of the LGV high speed rail line.

Hollande was almost 17 minutes into his roughly 20-minute speech when the loud crack of gunfire was heard. The bullet pierced the marquee roof, hitting a waiter in the leg and a railway employee in the foot. They were then taken to the nearby hospital of Girac. "I don't think so", he concluded a few seconds later, quickly resuming his speech.

French prosecutors have launched an immediate investigation.

  • Regina Walsh