|Map of the LGV fast trains rail network criss crossing France. The fast train between Tours and Bordeaux is in the West of the country.|
On February 28th, the soon to be outgoing French President Françoise Hollande, who was given a brief inaugural speech during the grand opening of a new fast train TGV "Sud Europe Atlantic" between Tours-Bourdeaux to was Bordeaux was startled by accidental shot from a sharpshooter. The sharpshooter is part of the French gendarme: military police. The shot wasn't malicious intent. But it is a rare mistake by the sharpshooter perhaps caused by shifting the wrong way while in position. Two people were lightly injured but Hollande appears to be okay. The gunfire was more of a brief surprise than anything else to the president and the rail road company audience and media gathered. Ironically, the sharpshooter is assigned to protecting the president. The injured rail road maintenance worker and were taken to hospital. The accidental misfire comes as France has faced month long protests by students and young French against police brutality (there have been onging protests against police brutality going back decades) and an alleged sodomy crime against a youth by a police squad in a Paris suburb.