ex-french-president-jacques-chirac-hospitalized-with-lung-infection. PARIS, Former French President Jacques Chirac was rushed to a hospital with a lung infection, a family member said Sunday.
Chirac, who was France’s president from 1995-2007, was expected to “remain in hospital for the next few days,” Frédéric Salat-Baroux, his son-in-law, said.
Chirac’s family said he was conscious at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital.
The former center-right president has had medical problems before.
Last December he spent two weeks in a hospital with “fatigue,” his family said.
In 2011, because he was in deteriorating health, prosecutors didn’t try him in court for corruption. Instead, he was convicted and given a two-year suspended sentence for colluding in the creation of fake jobs for party workers while mayor in Paris.
In 2002, he survived an assassination attempt. A neo-Nazi gunman fired a rifle at his open-top car during the the Bastille Day parade.
In 2004, he was staunchly opposed to the war in Iraq.
By Allen Cone