France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa

PARIS (Reuters) - France will set up a military hospital in West Africa in the coming days as part of France's contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak there, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

Hollande said that France's response to the outbreak would not be limited to a financial contribution to European funds being made available to fight the virus, which the World Health Organisation said on Thursday had claimed 2,630 lives so far.

"I have therefore taken the decision to set up a military hospital in the coming days in ... the forests of Guinea, in the heart of the outbreak," Hollande said during a news conference.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; writing by Leigh Thomas)