Leading opposition candidate Emmanuel Akitani-Bob

Togo's opposition says its main candidate who lost disputed presidential elections has suffered a stroke and was flown to France.

Opposition officials say Emmanuel Akitani-Bob, 74, is being treated at the American Hospital in Neuilly, outside Paris.

Medical staff say Mr. Akitani-Bob has suffered partial paralysis to the left side of his body.

He lost presidential elections in April to Faure Gnassingbe, the son of Togo's late ruler Gnassingbe Eyadema.

But the opposition says the poll was rigged, and Mr. Akitani-Bob proclaimed himself president.

He is widely seen as a stand-in candidate for Gilchrist Olympio, an opposition leader who was barred from running in the poll because he has lived outside Togo since the 1990's.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters and AFP.