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Sarkozy hospitalized after collapsing mid-run

July 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

French President Nicolas Sarkozy collapsed while jogging on the lush grounds of the Palace of Versailles and will stay overnight at a military hospital, though tests so far have found nothing wrong, his office said.

Military doctors performed a battery of tests on the 54-year-old president, who is known for his physical activity. The Elysee Palace said Sarkozy's test results were normal but that doctors would keep him under cardiological observation overnight.

Upon his collapse, Sarkozy was rushed by helicopter to the hospital. His office denied that the president lost consciousness in the episode.

The Elysee Palace statement followed conflicting reports from members of Sarkozy's government and his chief of staff.

Sarkozy, an avid jogger and cyclist, was forced to interrupt his run and "lie down with the help of an aide," the statement said. A presidential doctor who is with Sarkozy at all times sounded the alert and administered initial treatment.

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