France


La Force de iFop: France’s bizarre path to euthanasia
Paul Russell | Dec 19 2013 | comment  
A panel of 18 randomly selected citizens takes the heat off President Hollande.

Sarkozy draws line in sand over euthanasia
Michael Cook | Feb 21 2012 | comment  
The two candidates in France’s presidential election are using euthanasia as one of the defining differences in the campaign. In a wide-ranging interview in Le Figaro, President Nicolas Sarkozy explained why he would not back it:

Six countries, six defeats
Peter Saunders | Feb 8 2011 | comment  
The pace of rejection of euthanasia is exceeded only by the frenetic rate at which its supporters are desperately bringing forward new bills.

French Senate rejects euthanasia
Michael Cook | Feb 2 2011 | comment  
After a passionate debate the French Senate has scuppered a bill allowing physician-assisted suicide. The margin was convincing – 170 to 142.

Too heavy a burden?
Michael Cook | Jan 19 2011 | comment  
We’ll have to wait to see what happens in this case from France, but it shows what can happen when parents are pushed to the limit in caring for handicapped children.

Locked-in syndrome woman receives Legion of Honour
Michael Cook | Oct 28 2010 | comment  
France has just awarded the Légion d'honneur to a woman who has been a locked-in quadriplegic for 30 years. Maryannick Pavageau received the distinction for her battle against euthanasia. A resident of Sainte Nazaire, on the Atlantic coast, she gave an interview about her life to the local newspaper after this week’s award:
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