French police officer accidentally fires during Hollande speech

Guillaume Souvant/ Associated Press
A police officer held an assault weapon during a visit of the French President at the police station in Dreux, central France.

PARIS (AP) — The top official of France’s Charente region says a police sharpshooter has accidentally fired his weapon during a speech by President Francois Hollande and two people were slightly injured.

Pierre N’Gahane said the incident occurred Tuesday while Hollande was inaugurating a new fast train line in the western town of Villognon.