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French President Released from Hospital, Will Miss UN Summit


Aides to French President Jacques Chirac have confirmed he will miss next week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York after his recent hospitalization for a blood vessel problem.

Mr. Chirac left the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris Friday, saying he feels "very well."

However, officials say doctors have advised the 72-year-old president not to travel by air for the next six weeks.

Mr. Chirac was admitted to the hospital last Friday after what aides described as a "vascular incident" that slightly affected his vision.

Earlier today, officials described the the president's condition as "very satisfactory," and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Mr. Chirac is in "good form."

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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