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France's Jacques Chirac in hospital with lung infection

Associated Press Associated Press 18/09/2016
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 file photo, Former French President Jacques Chirac waves to the press after a ceremony awarding laureates of the Fondation Chirac at Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Officials say former French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with a lung infection. Jocelyne Gastellu of the Paris Hospitals Foundation confirmed Sunday, Sept. 18. 2016 that the 83-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Paris but could not confirm local media reports that it followed a visit to Morocco. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 file photo, Former French President Jacques Chirac waves to the press after a ceremony awarding laureates of the Fondation Chirac at Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Officials say former French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with a lung infection. Jocelyne Gastellu of the Paris Hospitals Foundation confirmed Sunday, Sept. 18. 2016 that the 83-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Paris but could not confirm local media reports that it followed a visit to Morocco. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

PARIS — Officials say former French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with a lung infection.

Jocelyne Gastellu of the Paris Hospitals Foundation confirmed Sunday that the 83-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Paris but could not confirm local media reports that it followed a visit to Morocco.

Former housing minister Cecile Duflot said that she wished Chirac a speedy recovery during an interview on BFM-TV, adding that "when you're older a lung infection can be complicated."

Twitter saw an immediate outpouring of goodwill messages from political protegees of the leader, who was French president from 1995 to 2007, including from former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Alain Juppe.

The two politicians are vying to be the Republicans party candidate for the 2017 presidential election.

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