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2 wounded after police sniper mistakenly shoots during French president's speech

While making remarks at the inauguration of a new high-speed train system line on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande was interrupted by the sound of a gunshot, with French media reporting a police sniper accidentally fired his weapon.

Two people were wounded in the incident — a waiter working with a catering company whose calf was grazed by the bullet and an employee of the train line who was shot in the leg, Sud Ouest reports. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Hollande didn't panic when he heard the shot, but did look offstage and said, "I hope that it's nothing serious." The police sniper was on a roof as part of security detail, an official in Villognon said, and fired when he was adjusting his position.