The Courier-Mail

Kerry crash results in broken leg


GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a cycling accident in France yesterday and will fly back to the US for treatment, cutting short a European trip.

Mr Kerry, 71, a keen cyclist, was hospitalis­ed in the Swiss city of Geneva after the accident in the French Alps, the State Department said.

The top US diplomat, who had been holding talks in Switzerlan­d on the Iran nuclear crisis, broke his right femur in the accident in Scionzier near Chamonix.

A source in the French local government office said Mr Kerry had wanted to cycle one of the stages of the Tour de France, the challengin­g Col de la Colombiere mountain pass.

He has had to cancel both a trip to Spain and his attendance at a Paris meeting on the Syria conflict and the ISIS group, spokesman John Kirby said. However, Mr Kirby said he planned to “remotely” join the Paris talks tomorrow.

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