Chirac ready to take flight again: doctors

10th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Doctors have advised French president Jacques Chirac that it is safe for him to resume air travel following a check-up on Saturday, one month after he was hospitalised for a vascular disorder, the French defence ministry said.

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Doctors have advised French president Jacques Chirac that it is safe for him to resume air travel following a check-up on Saturday, one month after he was hospitalised for a vascular disorder, the French defence ministry said.

"These tests have allowed us to lift the recommendation advising the president of the republic against flying," the ministry said in a statement.

The 74-year-old Chirac was hospitalised for a week from September 2 for a vision problem that doctors said was caused by a minor vascular "incident" affecting the optic nerve.

He was told to avoid air travel for six weeks following his discharge from the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris.

The defence ministry said Saturday's tests had "shown the bruising and vision problem to be receding normally."

Chirac had scaled back his public commitments over the past few weeks, and prime minister Dominique de Villepin notably stood in for the president at the UN World Summit in New York.

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