- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009


Sarkozy faints while jogging

PARIS | French President Nicolas Sarkozy collapsed suddenly while jogging Sunday on the lush grounds of the Chateau of Versailles, then was rushed by helicopter to a military hospital, where he was to remain overnight, his office said.

Military doctors quickly performed a battery of tests on the 54-year-old president, who is known for his hyperactivity. The Elysee Palace said Mr. Sarkozy’s test results were normal but that doctors would keep him under cardiological observation until Monday.

His office denied that Mr. Sarkozy had lost consciousness during the episode. The Elysee Palace issued its statement after reports from members of Mr. Sarkozy’s government, including his chief of staff, indicated that the president had lost consciousness.

Mr. Sarkozy, ever mindful of his image, received close advisers Sunday to keep abreast of news and was resting, the statement said.

French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Mr. Sarkozy had suffered a “small” vasovagal episode. A vagal episode can be caused by strenuous exercise in heat. It can lead to a temporary loss of consciousness but usually is not serious.


Pope praises grandparents’ values

LES COMBES | Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the role that grandparents play in children’s education, saying they keep fundamental family values alive.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, during a sermon in Les Combes, northern Italy, where he is vacationing, said grandparents were increasingly important in the upbringing of youngsters.

“The duty of grandparents to educate is very important, and it becomes even more so when, for a variety of reasons, parents are not in the position to spend enough time with their children,” he told several thousand worshippers.

Grandparents uphold “life’s fundamental values,” he added.


Lifeguards rescue dozens of children

LONDON | Lifeguards say a dramatic rescue operation saved dozens of children after a sandbank collapsed and plunged 40 people into freezing waters in Wales.

Three lifeguards led efforts to rescue 36 children and four adults who fell into the sea when the banking was washed away in the tourist resort of Tenby, in western Wales.

Coast guard officials said Sunday that the volunteer lifeguards had undoubtedly saved lives in the incident on Saturday.


Baby prince named Henrik

COPENHAGEN | The name of Denmark’s newest prince was revealed as Henrik during his christening ceremony on Sunday, ending a long wait for watchers of the royal family.

The baby, almost 3 months old, was baptized “Henrik Carl Joachim Alain” in a church in the village of Moegeltoender, where his parents were married.

The prince, seventh in line to the Danish throne, was born on May 4 and is the third son of Prince Joachim, 40, who is the son of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.

The youngster’s mother, Princess Marie, 33, is French-born but took Danish nationality when she wed Joachim.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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