IN PICS: French president shooting drama

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Bodyguards are pictured bundling Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Israeli president Shimon Peres into an armoured car after an Israeli soldier shot himself during a departure ceremony for visiting French president Nicolas Sarkozy on June 24, sparking panic. (Getty Images)
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Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert (far right) and Israeli president Shimon Peres bid farewell to visiting French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, just moments before the gun shot rang out from the soldier. (Getty Images)
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Sarkozy raises his hand as a bodyguard runs up the stairs behind the Bruni-Sarkozy as they leave Israel. Confusion surrounded the incident and radio said the soldier may have fallen off a roof causing his weapon's accidental discharge. (Getty Images)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is escorted up the red carpeted stairs of his plane by bodyguards as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is surrounded by his security on the tarmac. Sarkozy had used his visit to Israel to call for greater efforts to find peace for Palestinians. (Getty Images)
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Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that none of the politicians were in any danger. The French couple had been visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories for the past three days.
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Sarkozy and Bruni-Sarkozy were rushed by bodyguards to board their plane, bringing their three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories to an abrupt end. (Getty Images)
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The soldier shot himself and fell to ground from a high vantage point at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, where Sarkozy and his entourage were about to board their plane. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (centre) is pictured being escorted by security guards towards an armoured car after the shooting. (Getty Images)