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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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