Paris in a buzz over Chirac hearing aid

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 19 (AFP) - France's political classes were all abuzz Wednesday about President Jacques Chirac: is he going deaf in one ear?

PARIS, Nov 19 (AFP) - France's political classes were all abuzz Wednesday about President Jacques Chirac: is he going deaf in one ear?

Aides to Chirac admitted he was testing hearing aids, after Environment Minister Roselyne Bachelot told RTL radio that the head of state was indeed wearing a small device - a claim quickly denied by a government spokesman.

"The president is not equipped with a hearing aid, and although he tested one out one day for his own comfort, obviously that test was not conclusive," aides to Chirac said when questioned by AFP.

In recent weeks, several French magazines including the news weeklies L'Express and Marianne revealed that Chirac was wearing a small hearing aid, sparking debate over the president's responsibility to report health problems.

Late French president Francois Mitterrand concealed for years that he was suffering from cancer, a disease that later killed him. He forced government doctors to remove any mention of the illness from his official medical records.

After a cabinet meeting Wednesday, with a silent Bachelot by his side, government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope denied the reports about Chirac's hearing aid, telling reporters: "He obviously does not wear one."

© AFP

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