French president admits to past prostate surgery

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After media revelations, Francois Hollande confirms he had operation a year before he was elected, but officials says his health is now fine.

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French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged having prostate surgery a year before he was elected, but his office says his health is now fine, reports The Washington Post.

The admission is sensitive because Hollande’s political mentor, former President Francois Mitterrand, kept the French public in the dark for years during his presidency about the prostate cancer that eventually killed him.

Hollande, 59, issued a statement Wednesday saying that he was hospitalized for a few days in February 2011 for benign prostate hyperplasia, or enlargement.

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