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French police sharpshooter accidentally wounds two during president's speech
February 28, 2017 / 7:02 PM / 9 months ago

French police sharpshooter accidentally wounds two during president's speech

PARIS (Reuters) - A police sharpshooter accidentally wounded two people as French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech in the south-west of France on Tuesday, a police source said.

French President Francois Hollande waits for guests at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The shooter was on a roof about a hundred meters (109 yards) from a tent where Hollande was speaking. During a change of position his gun fired accidentally, the source said.

A loud noise like a gunshot is heard on video footage of the president’s speech. “I hope there is nothing serious,” Hollande said, then looked to his left and said, “I don’t think so”.

The shot wounded two people in their legs; the injuries were not life-threatening, a prefect of police for Charente region Pierre N‘Gahane told BFM-TV.

Reporting by Sophie Louet and Maya Nikolaeva

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