May 28, 2022

French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech

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From BBC

A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Hollande.

Mr Hollande was inaugurating a new stretch of railway in the town of Villognon in western France when the shots were heard.

A waiter and a worker attending the event were slightly wounded, one in the ankle the other on the leg, according to local media.

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

The shots interrupted the speech for a few moments, but reports say there was no panic.

Officials say the lives of the injured – the head waiter of a local hotel and an employee of a railway maintenance company – are not in danger.

A judicial investigation has been launched.

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