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Nicolas Sarkozy in hospital after minor attack, 'doing well'

Video by Sarah DRURY

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-07-27

President Nicolas Sarkozy has been admitted to the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris Sunday, after suffering a 'minor' nerve attack while exercising, officials in his entourage said. He is reportedy 'fine' and awaiting exam results.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was hospitalised after suffering a mild nerve attack while jogging at his weekend retreat La Lanterne, near the Palace of Versailles.

 

According to his chief of staff, the French head of state is “is doing well” and talking normally with medical staff.

 

The latest press release from the presidency reported that Sarkozy 'is resting' and will undergo heart-pressure tests at the hospital until tomorrow morning.

 

 

A witness, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP she had seen a jogger surrounded by bodyguards suddenly stumble and collapse in the wooded grounds of La Lanterne.

 

Shortly afterwards, French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy rushed to the scene on a motor scooter, the witness said.

 

After collapsing, Sarkozy was seen immediately by a doctor and underwent medical tests, a statement from the Elysée Palace said.

 

The 54-year-old French leader was admitted to the Val de Grace military hospital in southern Paris. Close presidential aides say the attack was related to his vagus nerve, which helps the body regulate its heart rate, and doctors consider it “minor.”

  
 
“Speedy Sarkozy”
 

Sarkozy won the 2007 presidential election on a promise to kick-start the county’s sluggish economy. His hands-on and aggressive style of governing has won him the nickname of "hyperpresident".

 

“He is not just president; he is also Prime Minister, de-facto leader of the ruling UMP party and, depending on the issue, Finance minister, Education minister, etc. He never takes time for a break, and doesn’t make things easy for himself” explains Hervé Algalarrondo, deputy editor-in-chief of French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur told FRANCE 24.

 

 “A fitness enthusiast, Sarkozy is, on the face of it at least, the healthiest president France has ever had”, French politics specialist David Crossan told FRANCE 24. “But the hectic schedule he keeps up is inevitably going to take a toll”, he added, citing the president’s nickname, “Speedy Sarkozy”.

 

Just over three weeks ago, the Elysee released the results of Sarkozy's latest annual health check-up, describing the results of recent blood and heart tests as "normal". During his campaign, Sarkozy had promised to publish regular and transparent health bulletins, in contrast with former socialist president François Mitterrand who had hidden his prostate cancer condition from the public.

 

Critics were therefore angered when it was revealed in January 2008 that Sarkozy was briefly hospitalised in 2007 for minor throat surgery without publicizing the fact.

 

According to David Crossan, “People will begin to ask if it’s time for Speedy Sarkozy to slow down."

Date created : 2009-07-27

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