French president admits to past prostate surgery

PARIS (AP) — French 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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