Former French president Chirac in hospital with suspected gout
PARIS (AFP) - Mr Jacques Chirac, who has been in poor health for several years, was hospitalised on Monday, Feb 17, 2014, near Paris for a suspected flare of gout, sources close to the former French president said.
An AFP reporter saw an ambulance and police motorbikes in front of the 81-year-old veteran politician's home at 8pm (7pm GMT).
Mr Chirac was later checked into the American Hospital of Paris in the plush suburb of Neuilly, a government source told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity.
A member of Mr Chirac's inner circle said there was no cause for alarm. "There is absolutely no vital emergency. We suspect an acute episode of gout." He was expected to check out of the hospital the same day.