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Official Preparing Obama's France Trip Hit By H1N1

PARIS (Reuters) -- A U.S. official who is in France preparing President Barack Obama's visit next week has been admitted to hospital with H1N1 flu in the Normandy city of Caen, French officials said.

Obama stops in France next week to commemorate the 1944 D-Day landings on Normandy beaches by Allied forces.

"A U.S. citizen, who is in France as part of an official delegation preparing the D-Day ceremonies, has tested positive for H1N1 flu and has been hospitalized in Caen," said a spokeswoman for France's health authority.

No further details were immediately available.

The last data on H1N1 flu in France, released on May 27, showed there were 20 confirmed cases of the flu in the country and no deaths. A further 10 suspected cases were under investigation.