Raffarin 'in good form' after operation

9th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 9 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who underwent emergency gall bladder surgery at the weekend, is "in good form" and awaiting approval from his doctors to leave hospital, a close aide said Monday.

PARIS, May 9 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who underwent emergency gall bladder surgery at the weekend, is "in good form" and awaiting approval from his doctors to leave hospital, a close aide said Monday.  

"He's in good form. He's resting," the aide said on condition of anonymity, after having spoken several times to Raffarin by telephone early in the day.  

The 56-year-old French prime minister was rushed to a Paris military hospital on Saturday, suffering from acute inflammation of the gall bladder. The organ was removed in a routine procedure that lasted less than an hour.  

When asked when Raffarin would be discharged from hospital, his aide said: "We're waiting for the doctors to make their decision."  

Earlier, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier told RTL radio that Raffarin was "doing well" and was "impatient to resume work, to get out of hospital".  

Raffarin's emergency operation knocked him off the campaign trail for the EU constitution, just three weeks before French voters go to the polls in a crucial May 29 referendum.  

The unpopular premier, whose approval rating stood last week at an all-time low of 22 percent, was forced to cancel several appearances this week, both at public pro-constitution meetings and on national television.  

At the weekend, aides to Raffarin said he could be released from Val-de-Grace hospital late Monday or early Tuesday.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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