French President Jacques Chirac is in good health says the Paris hospital where he is being treated. He was admitted on Friday after a blood vessel problem affected his eyesight.
A visit from his wife Bernadette this morning likely boosted his morale as he undergoes tests. He is expected to stay for observation for several more days. The 72-year-old leader has cancelled or delayed appointments for the coming week.
Though his condition is not believed serious it has nonetheless sparked a debate about the future of the French political landscape. At their party’s summer convention in western France the two perceived rivals for Chirac’s job put on an apparent show of unity.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy have both outlined their visions for France’s social model.
To rapturous applause, Sarkozy said it was time for the country to make a clean break with failed policies of the past.
Though on the same side of the political divide his speech has been seen as a direct challenge to the Prime Minister.
In contrast to de Villepin’s calls for an approach of soft modernisation Sarkozy evoked the need for radical reform.