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Kerry hospitalized in Geneva after French cycling accident

/ 06:08 PM May 31, 2015
In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Blair House in Washington. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Kerry was flown to Hospital University Geneva and is being evaluated. AP

In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Blair House in Washington. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Kerry was flown to Hospital University Geneva and is being evaluated. AP

GENEVA — US Secretary of State John Kerry was hospitalized in Geneva on Sunday after a cycling accident across the border in France, the State Department said.

He was flown by helicopter to the Geneva University Hospital “where he is currently being evaluated” following the accident in Scionzier, France, near Chamonix in the French Alps, a statement said, adding that Kerry, 71, had “likely suffered a leg injury.”

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The accident occurred at around 9:40 am (0740 GMT), the statement said.

“Paramedics and a physician were on the scene with the secretary’s motorcade at the time of the accident,” it said, adding that Kerry “is stable and… did not lose consciousness.”

Kerry held talks Saturday in Geneva with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in efforts to secure a nuclear deal ahead of a June 30 deadline.

The talks did not go into a second day as planned after Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections.

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