, PARIS, July 26 – France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken to hospital on Sunday after falling ill while exercising, his office told AFP.
The 54-year-old leader was examined by his doctor and underwent medical tests after falling ill, a statement from the Elysee Palace said.
Later, officials in his office said Sarkozy had been taken to hospital after suffering some kind of illness while exercising at La Lanterne, his weekend retreat near the Palace of Versailles outside Paris.
He was thought to have been taken to the Val de Grace military hospital, a well-placed source said. A military helicopter was seen flying over the Versailles forest.
Sarkozy, who assumed the presidency in May 2007, is a fitness enthusiast, and is often seen jogging or cycling with aides and bodyguards.