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Johnny Hallyday's surgeon attacked in Paris

French surgeon Stephane Delajoux leaves hospital in Paris, 12 December
French surgeon Stephane Delajoux left hospital on Saturday

A French surgeon who operated on rock legend Johnny Hallyday has been attacked in Paris, officials say.

Stephane Delajoux was punched and kicked by two hooded men late on Friday, according to his lawyer and legal officials.

Hallyday, 66, known as the "French Elvis" suffered complications following surgery in Paris for a slipped disc.

He is reported to have been placed in an induced coma prior to more surgery at a Los Angeles hospital.

The website of the French daily Le Figaro, citing the singer's press representatives, reported that doctors plan to pull him out of the coma early next week.

Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday has sold more than 100m albums

His family is said to be at his bedside.

"Dr Delajoux was attacked extremely violently in the sight of his children," lawyer David Koubbi said, quoted by the French AFP news agency.

"He is suffering from a chest injury. He was punched one or more times and kicked as he lay on the ground."

On Friday it was revealed that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had conveyed his best wishes to Hallyday.

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