President François Hollande is seeking to replace his foreign minister,, Laurent Fabius, as soon as possible.

Fabius suffers from Parkinson’s disease, as was confirmed to Voltaire Network by two separate Paris sources. To hold back the tremors, he ingests 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (levodopa) every two hours. Unfortunately, this drug is known for its side effects. It causes M. Fabius very acute attacks of paranoia.

In July, President Hollande had designated a new general secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Christian Masset (former adviser to Hubert Védrine), with the task to assist him [1]. Despite this, the Minister’s health has worsened considerably.