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Ex-French president Jacques Chirac in hospital with lung infection

Former French president Jacques Chirac has been taken to hospital with a lung infection, officials said.

Jocelyne Gastellu, of the Paris Hospitals Foundation, confirmed that the 83-year-old was admitted to a hospital in the city but could not confirm local media reports that it followed a visit to Morocco.

Former housing minister Cecile Duflot said she wished Mr Chirac a speedy recovery during an interview on BFM-TV, adding that "when you're older a lung infection can be complicated".

Twitter saw an immediate outpouring of goodwill messages from political proteges of the former leader, who was French president from 1995 to 2007, including former president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Alain Juppe.

The two politicians are vying to be the candidate for the Republicans party for the 2017 presidential election.



From Belfast Telegraph