French police sniper accidentally shoots waiter during Hollande speech
Official says two people injured by marksman when he tripped and discharged weapon during presidential address at opening of high-speed railway line
At least two people have been injured after a gun was accidentally fired during a speech by President François Hollande, French media have reported.
Hollande was speaking in the town of Villognon in central France to mark the opening of a high-speed railway line between Paris and Bordeaux when a police marksman accidentally opened fire, the Sud-Ouest newspaper reported.
The paper quoted local officials as saying the member of the elite gendarmerie protection squad charged with protecting the president was positioned on a rooftop about 100 metres from the marquee where the ceremony was taking place.
The safety catch on the officer’s rifle was reportedly off and the shot was fired when he tripped while adjusting his position. The bullet pierced the marquee roof, hitting a waiter in the leg and a railway employee in the foot, according to Pierre N’Gahane, state prefect of the Charente region.
There were unconfirmed local media reports that the sniper had shot himself in the foot and could be seen hopping up and down.
That last bit sounds like bored journalism.