A police sharpshooter has accidentally wounded two people as French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech in the south-west of France a police source says.

The shooter was on a roof about a hundred metres from a tent where Hollande was speaking in Villognon.

During a change of position his gun fired accidentally, the source said.

A loud noise like a gunshot is heard on video footage of the President's speech.

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"I hope there is nothing serious," Hollande said, then looked to his left and said, "I don't think so".

The shot wounded two people in their legs; the injuries were not life-threatening, a prefect of police for Charente region Pierre N'Gahane told BFM- TV.

- AAP