Grounded Chirac will miss UN summit

9th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 9 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has been told to avoid any air travel for a period of six weeks following his hospitalisation for a vascular ailment, doctors at the hospital which treated him said on Friday.

PARIS, Sept 9 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has been told to avoid any air travel for a period of six weeks following his hospitalisation for a vascular ailment, doctors at the hospital which treated him said on Friday.

The statement, which also said that Chirac had to "get as much rest as possible for the coming two weeks," clearly ruled out the French leader's planned trip to New York, where he was to have gone next week to attend a United Nations summit of world leaders in New York on September 14-16.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is to replace President Jacques Chirac at next week's UN summit on poverty in New York, the Elysee palace said Friday.

Villepin, 51, came to the world's attention when he made a powerful speech at the UN in February 2003 urging against the use of force in Iraq.

World leaders are due to meet at the United Nations to discuss, among other things, reforming the world body.

Chirac left the Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris earlier on Friday.

"Naturally, nothing prevents the president of the republic from working as before," said Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

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Subject: French news

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