John Kerry Suffers Broken Leg in Bike Accident in France

Secretary of State John Kerry suffered a broken leg in a bike accident in France early Sunday.  The cycling accident occurred near Scionzier, France, about 25 miles from Geneva, where Kerry had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

John Kerry’s U.S. surgeon is on his way to Switzerland to inspect the injury that the secretary of state sustained in this cycling accident. Dr. Dennis Burke of Massachusetts General Hospital performed a past hip surgery on Kerry. He will join up with the secretary in Geneva and accompany him back to the United States, a senior State Department official said late Sunday.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry had suffered a broken femur but was expected to make a full recovery. Kerry had planned to fly back Sunday evening to the U.S., but doctors decided it was “sensible” for him to remain in the hospital for observation overnight and fly home Monday, Kirby said.

He said Kerry never lost consciousness and was grateful to the French and Swiss doctors and nurses who assisted him. Paramedics and a physician were in Kerry’s motorcade at the time of the accident, Kirby said.

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 Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
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