The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has fractured her pelvis during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, forcing her to cancel meetings for the next three weeks.
Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Monday the chancellor suffered a fall while cross-country skiing in Engadin in the Swiss Alps, suffering severe bruising and a partial fracture of the left interior pelvic ring.
Seibert told reporters Merkel was walking with the help of crutches and would need to cancel a number of official appointments but would continue to lead the government and hold cabinet meetings.
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