Raffarin to have AIDS test in symbolic gesture

26th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 25 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin will submit to an AIDS test early next year to encourage other people to follow his example, in a year devoted by France to the fight against the killer disease, a local official said on Thursday.

PARIS, Nov 25 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin will submit to an AIDS test early next year to encourage other people to follow his example, in a year devoted by France to the fight against the killer disease, a local official said on Thursday.

"In order to give a new impetus to prevention, there will be a day in the month of January, when we will ask politicians and celebrities to undergo a test," Jean-Luc Romero, the president of a group of local officials fighting AIDS, said.

"The prime minister accepted to be the first one, and therefore he will do it," he said. "It will no doubt be on the last Friday in January. That is extremely symbolic. You know, most people do not know if they are infected," he added.

On Thursday, Raffarin had declared that the fight against AIDS would be a "big national cause" for 2005.

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Subject: French News

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