A police sharpshooter protecting France President Francois Hollande accidentally fired his weapon during a speech Tuesday, wounding two people.
Pierre N'Gahane, the top official of western France's Charente region, said the incident happened at the inauguration of a new train line in the town of Villognon, The Associated Press reported.
Local media reports said a waiter and a railway company employee were slightly wounded – one in the ankle and the other in the leg, according to the BBC.
"I hope it's nothing serious. I think not," Hollande said as he stopped his speech to see if anyone was hurt.
The BBC cited a local report noting that the safety catch on the sniper’s gun was unlocked and the firearm discharged. The sniper was positioned on a roof about 330 feet away from where Hollande was speaking, officials said.
The shooting remained under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.