The week's news at a glance.
President Jacques Chirac spent this week in a hospital, after suffering what his doctors called a mini-stroke. The doctors said the condition was not serious and that Chirac, 72, would fully recover. But politicians in Chiracs own center-right party seem to be writing his epitaph already. Two of them are now campaigning openly to succeed him as president in 2007. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Chiracs close aide, says he would offer change in continuity, while Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Chiracs main rival within the party, is calling for a rupture with the past.