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US Secretary of State John Kerry airlifted to hospital after French Alps cycling crash

Kerry has been seen riding regularly over the border in Switzerland during Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has been airlifted to hospital after a bike crash in the French Alps, but his condition is believed to be stable.

Kerry was flown to Geneva University Hospital by helicopter with a leg injury after the incident in the Haute-Savoie region, according to the Independent.

The newspaper reports Kerry did not lose consciousness following the crash near Scionzier in the French Alps, and was being accompanied by a motorcade that included paramedics and a doctor.

The Secretary of State has been in Switzerland for Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, which are expected to last for another month. A keen cyclist Kerry, 71, was spotted on his bike in Switzerland in March during the talks, when he suffered mechanical problems on his 10-year-old road bike and received a police escort to a local bike shop.

He was spotted later in the month in a Lausanne bike shop with further mechanical issues, both apparently related to the gear shifter mechanism.

It hasn't been confirmed whether or not talks will be delayed by the accident.

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