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Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Opens Fire at President Hollande Speech, Two Injured

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:19
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A police sharpshooter accidentally opened fire during a speech
by French President Francis Hollande, injuring two people in the
process, "" target=
"_blank">AP reported
. The incident happened on Tuesday
afternoon in Villognon, Charente in western France where Hollande
was preparing to reveal the LGV high speed rail line, when a shot
was clearly heard in the background of event, prompting the French
president to stop and look around concerned.

“I hope that wasn’t serious,” Hollande said nonchalantly after
the loud shot rang out, before continuing with his speech at the
unveiling of the LGV high speed rail line.

Coup de feu pendant le discours de François Hollande à Villognon
lors de l’inauguration de la LGV Tours Bordeaux href="" target=

— F3 Poitou-Charentes (@F3PoitouChtes) ""
target="_blank">February 28, 2017

According to Soud Ouest, the weapon’s safety mechanism was not
on when a security services agent, located on a nearby rooftop,
accidentally fired. 

Although it has been confirmed that two people were injured as a
result, there are conflicting reports as to who they were.
Initial reports suggested the agent shot himself in the
although it now seems a waiter and a member of the
LGV maintenance crew both received leg injuries, according to

Incident de l’inauguration de la LGV Tours-Bordeaux. Coup de feu
accidentel. Un vigile s’est tiré dans la jambe…

— Eric Béziat (@ericbeziat) "" target=
"_blank">February 28, 2017

Following his speech, which lasted around 20 minutes, Hollande
is said to have met with the injured parties, both of whom were
treated on site.

An investigation into the incident has been launched and a
public prosecutor is expected to hold a press conference later on
Tuesday, reports La Provence.


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