French president admits to past prostate surgery
PARIS - The Associated Press
A photo taken on February 28, 2011 shows French member of Parliament François Hollande standing on a platform at Le Mans train station prior to a visit in Sarthe department, Center France. AFP photoFrench President Francois Hollande has acknowledged having prostate surgery a year before he was elected, but his office says his health is now fine.
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. The statement didn't provide further details about the operation, and said that no further medical attention was needed.
Hollande has published clean health records twice since his election.
Prostate enlargement is fairly common in older men and doesn't necessarily increase chances of cancer.