A Frenchman suffering from an incurable disease said Friday he was planning to broadcast his death live on social media as he refused to take food, drink or medication after President Emmanuel Macron denied his euthanasia request .
Alain Cocq, who suffers from a rare disease that causes the walls of the arteries to stick together, said he believed he had less than a week to live and would broadcast his death live on Facebook starting Saturday morning.
He had written to Macron asking for a substance that would enable him to die in peace, but the President wrote back to him stating that this was not allowed under French law.
Cocq, 57, used his plight to raise awareness of terminally ill patients in France who are unable to die the way they want.
“Since I am not above the law, I cannot comply with your request,” Macron said in a letter to Cocq that the patient posted on his Facebook page.
“I cannot ask anyone to go beyond our current legal framework … Your wish is to seek active assistance in dying, which is currently not allowed in our country,” Macron said.
“With deep respect”
To show France the “agony” the law is causing in its current state, Cocq told AFP it would broadcast the end of his life on his Facebook page, which he believed will come in “four to five days” would.
He said he hoped his struggle would be remembered and “perish in the long run” to change the law. He would stop all feedings, drinks and treatments from Friday evening.
Macron said in his latter: “With emotions I respect your actions.” And the President added a handwritten postscript, “With all my personal support and deep respect.”
An Elysee official told AFP that Macron welcomed Cocq’s commitment to the rights of the disabled.
Death rights cases have long been an emotional issue in France.
Most polarizing was the case of Vincent Lambert, who was left in a vegetative state after a traffic accident in 2008 and died in July last year after doctors suspended life support after a long legal battle.
The case divided the country and Lambert’s own family, with his parents using all legal avenues to keep him alive, but his wife and nephew insisted he be allowed to die.
A French court acquitted the doctor who disabled life support systems in January in a ruling that was a formality after prosecutors said he had “fully met his legal obligations”.
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