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De Villepin to stand in for ailing Chirac at UN

Dominique de Villepin, France's prime minister, will next week stand in for an ailing President Jacques Chirac at the United Nations' meeting in New York, the venue where he won the admiration of the French public and the animosity of the US administration for his passionate opposition to the Iraq war.

Mr Chirac, 72, was yesterday released from hospital a week after being admitted with a vascular complaint. Doctors told the French president he should be "reasonable" and refrain from air travel for six weeks. However, Mr Chirac did not reveal any further details about his medical condition in spite of criticism that he has been excessively secretive about his health.

Mr Chirac had been desperate to attend the meeting of 200 world leaders at the UN to promote his plan to introduce a voluntary tax on international airline tickets to finance the fight against Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis. "Until the very last minute, the president of the Republic had wanted to go there," one of his aides told the AFP news agency.

The last paragraph of the quote above, gives me the impression as if Chirac ailings are more severe than they admit.

by Fran on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:29:33 AM EST
Chirac leaves hospital in 'very satisfying' condition but must rest

President Jacques Chirac left the hospital on Friday, chatting first with a knot of doctors and hospital attendants and then with reporters before leaving with his wife, Bernadette.

The reporters and some well-wishers had gathered outside the Val-de-Grâce military hospital shortly after noon for a closeup view of the 72-year-old president.

He looked tense but determined as he left the hospital where he was admitted Sept. 2 for a "small vascular accident" that impaired his vision.

His doctors gave him a clean bill of health, saying his condition was "very satisfying."

But they said he should refrain from air travel for the next six weeks. An aide said that ruled out a visit to New York next week for a United Nations session on poverty.

by Fran on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 02:07:00 AM EST
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Bulletins about French President Jacques Chirac's health are
not proper medical reports but political spin concocted by his advisers"
, a senior member of France's Order of Medical Practitioners said in an interview to be published Wednesday.

"In the information vacuum, rumors flew that Arafat had been poisoned."

by ilg37c on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 04:06:11 AM EST
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I saw Chirac coming out of the hospital on TV, he talked and looked in decent shape.

I don't understand why peole worry, he's not running much of anything anyway...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 04:26:12 AM EST
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