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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mitterrands Protest Pics

PARIS () -- The family of Fran?ois Mitterrand protested at the publication by Paris-Match magazine on Tuesday of pictures of the former French president on his deathbed.

The weekly also published extracts from a forthcoming book, "Le Grand Secret" (The Big Secret), in which Mitterrand's longtime personal physician said the president was diagnosed with cancer a few months after he was elected in 1981. Mitterrand only disclosed he had cancer a decade later after a 1992 prostate operation.

Dr. Claude Gubler wrote that, in his judgement, Mitterrand had been unfit to remain in office from November1994 because he was so ill that he had to spend most mornings lying down.