VIDEO: French policeman ‘accidentally fires his gun’ during Hollande’s speech

A French military policeman accidentally fired his weapon during a speech by French president François Hollande on Tuesday leaving two injured and the president briefly shaken.

VIDEO: French policeman 'accidentally fires his gun' during Hollande's speech

The gendarme, who was part of the security operation in place to protect Hollande accidentally fired his weapon while the president was making a speech to inaugurate a new high speed rail line in the Charente region of western France.

The local authority for Charente confirmed the incident in the town of Villognon, although the circumstances surrounding how the officer discharged his weapon are not yet known.

With France on a high state of terror alert the incident would understandably have sent pulses racing among the the president's security team, the police and gendarmes on duty and not least panicked the president himself.

In the video below Hollande is clearly startled by the shot but does not panic. He pauses whilst looking in the direction of where the shot came from, before saying “I hope it's nothing serious.”

He then says “I don't think so,” before continuing his speech.

Two people were left injured.

He made a “mistake in the handling (of the firearm) while changing positions,” an informed source said. A bullet was then discharged accidentally.

Local government chief Pierre N'Gahane said the gendarme “had been standing on an elevated point and the gun went off accidentally”.

“The bullet grazed one person's calf and then lodged in another person's leg, a source told AFP, adding that the victims were both in  the VIP section at the time.

Firefighters evacuated them but said their injuries were “light”.

French prosecutors have launched an immediate investigation.

This is not the first mishap to occur during one of Hollande's speeches.

While he was running for the presidency a woman threw flour over him as he wrapped up a speech on housing problems, in protest over housing laws not being applied.

A shoe was thrown at him at another event on the campaign trail.

He said such events were “occupational hazards” but his security detail was boosted from two to 14 bodyguards after the flour attack.

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French president’s ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine

Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president François Hollande, said on Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

French president's ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine
Valerie Trierweiler wrote a tell-all book about the former president's affair. Photo: AFP

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called Thank You for This Moment, which all but sank Hollande's presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.


“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added.

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande's affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet's apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.