Facebook blocks ailing French man’s deliberate end-of-life broadcasts

Le Pecq, September 6

Facebook on Saturday blocked stay broadcasts from a chronically in poor health bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted demise and who wished to point out what he expects might be a painful finish to his life after he introduced that he was stopping all foods and drinks.

Prostrate on his mattress, Alain Cocq posted a video of himself on Friday after taking what he mentioned can be his final liquid meal.

“I know the days ahead are going to be very difficult,” he mentioned, including: “But I have taken my decision and I am serene.”

In a letter this week, which Cocq additionally posted, Macron mentioned that French regulation forbade him from granting his request for the “right to leave with dignity,” with a medically-assisted demise.

“With emotion, I respect your approach because it speaks to the very intimate relationship that each of us builds with the end of our life and our death,” Macron mentioned within the letter dated Thursday, despatched after one among his aides spoke at size with Cocq by phone in August.

But Macron added that “because I am not above the law, I am not in a position to grant your request”.

In a handwritten addition on the finish, Macron signed off the letter with the phrases: “With all of my personal support and my profound respect.”

French media have reported that Cocq, a 57-year-old former plumber, suffers from a long-term and incurable degenerative sickness. He says that he has lived in nice ache for 34 years and that after a number of operations, he prefers to die.

In his Facebook publish on Friday night, he mentioned the choice can be “the degradation of my body”. “I am going to stop hydrating myself when I turn off the lights,” he mentioned. “Given my general condition, it’s likely to be quick, which is what I hope for, because I’m not a masochist.”

He mentioned he would preserve taking painkillers.

“The path to my deliverance is starting and, believe me, I am happy about it,” he mentioned. “To those I won’t see again, I say goodbye. Such is life.”

Cocq had deliberate to subsequently live-broadcast the top of his life that he expects will observe inside days of his choice to cease all meals, liquids and medicines. But a message Saturday on Cocq’s account mentioned that Facebook has blocked him from posting movies till Tuesday.

Facebook confirmed that it had blocked Cocq’s stay broadcasts.

“Our hearts go out to Alain Cocq and those who are affected by this sad situation,” it mentioned in an announcement. “While we respect his decision to draw attention to this complex and difficult issue, based on the guidance of experts, we have taken steps to keep Alain from broadcasting live, as we do not allow the depiction of suicide attempts.” AP

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