Mitterand book provokes storm in France

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:201

The general practitioner who treated France's late president Francois Mitterand from 1969 to 1994 is under threat of being barred from medical practice for breach of medical secrecy. Dr Claude Gubler also faces being fined Fr300000 (pounds sterling40000) and condemned to one year's imprisonment by a criminal court.

Last week further sales of Dr Gubler's book, The Great Secret, published days after Mitterand's death, were banned by Paris judge Jacqueline Cochard after an emergency procedure started by President Mitterand's family on charges of violation of privacy and medical secrecy.

President Mitterand died on 8 January, at the age of 79. The Great Secret, jointly written with a journalist, went on sale on 17 January having …

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