Sarko Secretly Hospitalized After Divorce

French prez rushed to military clinic a day after Le Split, says new book
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 1:28 PM CST
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy smile at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this June 5, 2007 file photo.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the latest Sarko plotline, a new book reveals that the French president was hospitalized the day after announcing his divorce from wife Cécilia—and that sick and depressed, he called her from the hospital and she rushed to his bedside. The Daily Mail reports that Nicolas Sarkozy was taken to to a military hospital on October 21, suffering from high fever and a throat abscess.

The revelation comes via a new biography of Cécilia Sarkozy, which also says that Sarkozy underwent surgery and required IV antibiotics, but the public was never told. Sarkozy had promised to be less secretive about his health than previous presidents, to  "make a star of my doctor" by providing the public with monthly updates, but thus far has only issued one medical statement. A spokesman for the Elysée had no comment.