Three French teens on a school trip to a town renowned for its basilica have been wounded by gunfire, with one of them seriously injured.

The education minister said all three students were hospitalized after the shooting Friday morning in the town of Vezelay, in the Burgundy region 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Paris.

A statement by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said that the three wounded students were aged 16 and 17. The circumstances of the shooting — or whether the students were targeted or were bystanders — wasn't immediately clear.

The students from a private school in Paris were on a visit to Vezelay, where the 12th-century basilica is a noted example of Roman art. Vezelay also attracts pilgrims.