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John Kerry Breaks Leg in Bike Accident, Must Cut Europe Trip Short

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rides his bicycle during a break on March 16, 2015 in Lausanne.  

Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the United States after he broke his leg in a biking accident in France early Sunday, the State Department said. Kerry was riding his bike near Scionzier, France, which is about 25 miles from Geneva, where the secretary of state was holding nuclear talks with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. The accident apparently took place when Kerry hit the curb with his bicycle. He broke his right femur, close to where he had hip replacement surgery but never lost consciousness, reports the Washington Post.

“His injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Given the injury is near the site of his prior hip surgery, he will return to Boston today to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with his doctor who did the prior surgery.”

Kerry had arrived late Friday in Geneva, and it’s likely no one thought much of it when Kerry decided to go for a ride on Sunday. “Kerry frequently cycles during his trips overseas and his rides have become a familiar sight during nuclear negotiations,” notes the Wall Street Journal. Now he will have to cut his trip short. Kerry had planned to travel to Spain later on Sunday and then to Paris on Monday to meet with countries who are working alongside the United States to combat ISIS. Kerry will participate in the Tuesday meeting remotely, Kirby said.