PARIS — Yves Saint Laurent is convalescing at the American Hospital here after suffering acute health problems.

Pierre Bergé, the legendary couturier's partner, said Saint Laurent was “not doing well" and that he was beset with respiratory trouble. Saint Laurent also is having difficulty walking.

Bergé, visibly emotional as he left the Quincy restaurant here after dinner Wednesday with close friends, including Betty Catroux, said doctors had yet to diagnose Saint Laurent's current health woes.

Saint Laurent, who has long suffered from neuroses and often acute depression, retired from fashion in 2002 and has since led a somewhat secluded life. Poor health has limited his mobility and physical activities, including his ability to sketch.

Bergé said doctors expected to release Saint Laurent from the hospital in the upcoming days and that the two then plan to travel to Tangier, Morocco.

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