Jacques Chirac Hospitalized in Paris for a Lung Infection

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Former President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalised with a lung infection

Former President Jacques Chirac was hospitalized on Sunday morning at the Paris hospital of La Pitié-Salpêtrière for “the treatment of a pulmonary infection,” said Sunday to AFP by his son, Frederic Salat-Baroux.

Former French President Jacques Chirac, 83, was hospitalized Sunday morning at the hospital of La Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris for “the treatment of a pulmonary infection” , according to his son, Frederic Salat-Baroux.

Back in Paris from Morocco where he was staying with the family, the former Head of State “was hospitalized this morning at the Pitié-Salpêtrière for the treatment of a pulmonary infection” and “he will remain hospitalized there in the coming days “ , said the husband of Claude Chirac.

In the elderly, the lung infection problem is that “often reactive”, notes a pulmonologist of the AP-HP. And this condition can contribute to a deterioration in the general condition and cognitive functions.


While, as in each of his hospitalization, the most alarming rumors about his condition, a source close to the former president told AFP that Jacques Chirac was aware.

Since leaving the Elysee Palace in May 2007, Jacques Chirac, who had suffered a stroke in 2005, has been hospitalized several times, including during a fortnight in December 2015 , always at the Pitié-Salpêtrière, for weakening. It was also strongly felt by the death of his eldest daughter, Laurence , in April. His relatives were state in recent weeks an improvement in his health.

Accustomed very long stays in Morocco, he was able to stay there again for several weeks this summer. Local media had reported his presence in Agadir, resort south of the kingdom, from mid-August. 

Last public appearance late 2014

Known for decades for its strong health and good natural living, Jacques Chirac has had several warnings from his stroke in 2005.

However, in January 2014, Bernadette Chirac had considered that her husband never speak publicly and spoke in particular disorders “his memory, especially at times” . The last appearance of Jacques Chirac at a ceremony dates back to 21 November 2014. Decreased, hand on the shoulder of his bodyguard, he had arrived to the applause of the audience.

He was away on June 20 in the opening of the exhibition devoted to him being the Quai Branly museum in Paris, where Francois Hollande had rendered him tribute. He had the following month, however, visited the exhibition.

Twice elected to the Elysee (1995 and 2002 after an unprecedented duel with Jean-Marie Le Pen), twelve years have made it the longest acting president after his Socialist predecessor Francois Mitterrand (14). Hero of “no” to the war of the United States in Iraq in 2003, Jacques Chirac saw his course also marked by legal problems.

First former French head of state to have received a judicial sentence in late 2011, in a case of fake jobs when he was mayor of Paris, he had obtained not appear in court because of a neurological disease degenerative.

On Twitter, Internet users wish him a speedy recovery

On the social network Twitter, Internet users express their emotions after learning hospitalized Jacques Chirac and wish him a speedy recovery.

Since the announcement of its new hospital, sympathy messages have multiplied, until Prime Minister Manuel Valls who sent all his “recovery greeting” and “support for President Jacques Chirac”.

To the right of candidates to the primary right for 2017 have meant that they thought to Jacques Chirac.

“I fondly think of Jacques Chirac. I wish him a strong heart to defeat this evil and recover very quickly “ , tweeted his former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.

“I wish him to recover as soon as possible” , wrote former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“I expressed the hope that his indomitable energy is still and always the stronger” , wished François Fillon.

President of the Modem, Francois Bayrou found “very moving that the man who had the highest responsibilities is destitute, like that, disease and old age” .

Left, Michel Sapin, Minister of Economy and close to Francois Hollande, expressed his “sympathy” for the former president, “always very attentive to the health of others” .

The environmentalist Cécile Duflot recognized Jacques Chirac inclusion of the precautionary principle in the Constitution and referred to his cry of alarm in Johannesburg in 2002 ( “Our house is burning …” ), even if not “frankly monitoring actions ” .

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