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Facebook said it would prevent a Frenchman suffering from a rare and incurable disease from broadcasting his death live on the platform.

Alain Cocq, who has lived with a degenerative disease for 34 years, has stopped eating, drinking and not taking his medication since Friday evening.

The 57-year-old has said he will broadcast his death live on social media after President Emmanuel Macron rejected his request for euthanasia.

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The 57-year-old has been confined to his medical bed for years

In a video of his medical bed at his home in Dijon, in the east France, he said: “So I finished my last meal… I drink for your health one last time.”

“The road to deliverance begins and, believe me, I am happy. I have made my decision and I am at peace. ”

He added: “Yes, I know what awaits me will be difficult. But you know, compared to everything I’ve been through and what awaits me, the deterioration of my body that I’m going to go through, actually it’s not. doesn’t matter to me.

“It will be difficult to manage, I agree, but in the end, it will not be much compared to what I experienced. ”

But Facebook said it will block the live broadcast of his death, saying its rules prohibit any user from portraying suicide.

“While we respect his decision to want to bring attention to this complex issue, following expert advice, we have taken steps to prevent the live broadcast on Alain’s account,” a spokesperson said. word to the AFP press agency.

“Our rules do not allow us to show suicide attempts. ”

Mr. Cocq had written to Mr. Macron asking him to receive a sedative to allow him to die in peace, but the president replied by explaining that this was not allowed by French law.

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Mr. Cocq has stopped eating and drinking

Neighboring countries like Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands have passed laws that allow physician-assisted dying in some cases.

However, France has refrained from taking this step, in part because of pressure from the Catholic Church.

“Because I am not above the law, I am not in a position to respond to your request,” wrote Mr. Macron in his response, which Mr. Cocq posted on his Facebook page.

Mr Cocq said he would live stream his own death
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Mr Cocq said he would live stream his own death

“Your wish is to ask for active assistance in dying, which is currently not authorized in our country,” added the president.

The Claeys-Leonetti end-of-life law, adopted in 2016, allows deep sedation – but it is only eligible for patients whose prognosis is threatened in the short term.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech following the laying of a wreath during a ceremony at Carlton Gardens in London during his visit to the United Kingdom.
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French President Emmanuel Macron rejected Mr. Cocq’s request for euthanasia

Mr. Cocq called for a change in French law to allow medical assistance in dying in cases like his.

He was fed by a drip and his digestive system connected to a colostomy bag.

His condition has caused brain aneurysms and he experiences seizures if he does not take his medication, and he claims to be in constant pain.

Mr Macron included a handwritten postscript to his letter, which read: “With all my personal support and deep respect”.

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