Friday, April 18, 2014   

Former French president Chirac taken to hospital
(02-18 09:47)

Jacques Chirac, who has been in poor health for several years, was taken to hospital Monday near Paris for a suspected flare of gout, sources said.
An AFP reporter saw an ambulance and police motorbikes in front of the 81-year-old former French president's home at 8:00 pm local time.
He was later checked into the American Hospital of Paris in the plush suburb of Neuilly, a government source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
A member of Chirac's inner circle said there was no cause for alarm. “There is absolutely no vital emergency. We suspect an acute episode of gout.''
   
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