Guests were alarmed when a shot from a high-powered rifle rang out just as President Hollande started to speak at a ceremony yesterday (28th Feb). Marking the opening of a section in the Paris-Bordeaux high speed railway line, (the extension of which to Toulouse will allow TGV trains to Paris in 3 hours) one of the President's protection team accidentally discharged his weapon.
President with railway workers. AFP
The marksman was positioned on a rooftop and when changing position fired off a shot. The bullet entered the tent where the President was speaking and injured two people present, happily not seriously. The President went to the assistance of the shot men and no panic followed as the situation was explained.
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