A French police sniper is under judicial investigation after he somehow shot and injured two people as he was posted on a rooftop near the site where French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech.
As Hollande presides over the inauguration of a new fast train line in the western town of Villognon, a loud gunshot rings out to his left, causing the president to visibly flinch and grab the podium in fear.
“I hope it’s nothing serious,” Hollande says, and after briefly scoping out the situation, he concludes, “I don’t think so.”
According to initial reports, the sniper accidentally fired a shot while changing positions because the safety on his rifle was off. A waiter and a train company employee were both wounded, with one being hit in the leg and the other in the ankle. Neither injury appears to be life-threatening.
After he finished his remarks, Hollande reportedly went to console the victims of the freak accident. And one marksman has hopefully relearned the importance of keeping one’s safety on.