PARIS (AP) -- Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has been hospitalized after fainting and falling earlier this week.

A spokesman for the Cardin fashion house says the designer was taken Tuesday by helicopter to a hospital in Marseille, on the southern coast of France.

Spokesman Jean-Pascal Hesse says Cardin is expected to leave the hospital Thursday.

The designer underwent medical tests after falling last week as well.

Cardin lives in the southern French village of Lacoste, where he has produced a theater festival for the past nine years. He is currently restoring the chateau of the infamous Marquis de Sade.