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Sniper Guarding French President's Speech Accidentally Opens Fire

Two people injured in accidental shooting
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 1:53 PM CST
French Police Sniper Accidentally Opens Fire During President's Speech
French President Francois Hollande walks past a police car Monday Feb. 27, 2017 in Dreux, western France, after addressing state security forces.   (Guillaume Souvant; Pool via AP)

(Newser) – Two people were injured Tuesday in France when a police sniper accidentally fired during a speech by President Francois Hollande, the BBC reports. The sniper was set up more than 300 feet from a tent where Holland was opening a new rail line. According to the Telegraph, the sniper was reportedly changing positions with the safety catch on his weapon off when the gun fired. The bullet went through the tent's canvas, through the thigh of a waiter, and planted itself in the calf of a railway maintenance company employee. Both victims are expected to survive and met with Hollande following his speech. There were also reports of the sniper shooting himself in the foot, but those are unconfirmed. (Read more sniper stories.)

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