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French Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Wounds Two During President's Speech

/ Source: Reuters
Image: Hollande delivers a speech in Villognon
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech as he attends the inauguration of the new "Sud Europe Atlantique" (South Europe Atlantic) high-speed rail line, linking Tours and Bordeaux, on Feb. 28, 2017, in Villognon, France. The new rail link, which will be put into service in July, will allow passengers to travel between Paris and Bordeaux in two hours.Yohan Bonnet / AFP - Getty Images

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PARIS — 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.

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.

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