So the French Marines have a display day. So they have some fake hostage release exercises as part of that display day. All pretty normal so far.
Fifteen civilians and two soldiers were injured in the incident which involved a demonstration by members of a marines parachute regiment of hostage liberation exercises.
Four of the 17 were seriously injured, with two described as critical, following "incomprehensible" scenes at the barracks near Carcassone, in the country’s south-west.
The problem? Someone issued live ammo instead of blanks. Or rather, someone used live ammo instead of blanks.
One soldier had been detained last night. Although no explanation was immediately forthcoming for why the wrong ammunition was loaded into weapons, police said there was no suggestion it was a deliberate act.
Military men might want to contest that no suggestion. I can’t imagine any way that a trained soldier wouldn’t know the difference.