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Opening in debate on assisted dying in France by President Hollande

Although he did not mention the word “euthanasie”, French president Hollande indeed opened the debate on assisted dying, using instead long-winded wordings. He stated that “suffering patients sometimes might need more than just stopping (futile) treatments (Leonetti’s law)”.Le Monde quoted the President making this statement after his visit to a palliative care institution.

Already in his presidential campaign, then candidate Hollande advocated for strictly conditioned assisted dying with dignity. Jean-Luc Roméro, President of ADMD France, in a (French) press release welcomes this statement and says: “ADMD F will maintain an active vigilance on the developments”.