France Alain Cocq, who suffered a rare illness, will livestream his death online after President Macron denied the right to mild leave.
Alain Cocq, 57, who has a rare condition that causes the artery walls to stick together, believes he has less than a week to live and will be streaming of his death from September 5 morning.
“The road to liberation begins and believe me, I’m happy,” he wrote on Facebook at midnight, in a post announcing he had “finished his last meal”. “I know the coming days will be difficult but I have made my decision and I am calm.”
Alain Cocq lying in bed in an apartment in Dijon, northeast of France, on 12/8, Photo: AFP.
Cocq previously wrote to President Emmanuel Macron asking for a substance to help him pass peacefully. Cocq used her situation to draw attention to the terminally ill in France, who were not allowed to die according to wish. However, the President replied that this is not allowed under French law.
“Since I am not out of the law, I cannot comply with your request,” Macron wrote in his letter to Cocq, which he posted on Facebook. “I cannot ask anyone to go beyond our current legal framework. His desire is to actively support a gentle departure, but that is not allowed in our country.”
To show France the “pain” inflicted by current law, Cocq will be streaming on Facebook the last moments of his life, which he believes will happen in “the next 4-5 days”.
From midnight on September 4, he planned to stop eating, drinking water and taking medication, except for pain relievers. Cocq hopes its struggle will be remembered in the long run as a step towards law change.
In his letter and a handwritten postscript, Mr. Macron expressed support and “deep respect” for Cocq’s actions.
Cases of claiming death have long been a sensitive issue in France. The most polarizing was the case of Vincent Lambert, who had to live in a vegetative state after a traffic accident in 2008. Lambert was pulled out of a life support device by doctors and died last July after a Long legal battle.
The incident divided France and Lambert’s own family, in which his parents used all legal means to keep their children alive, but his wife and nephew insisted that he die. A French court in January acquitted doctors to shut down the life support system.