End of life: Macron brings together leaders of religions and doctors before “final arbitrations”

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Emmanuel Macron brought together representatives of the main religions in France, doctors and other personalities Thursday at the Elysée for a dinner devoted to the sensitive issue of the end of life, before "final arbitrations" expected in February, we learned from the presidency.

“It is a question for the president of continuing to nourish his reflection before making the final decisions which will be made public this month as he announced,” said those around him.

Previously, the Head of State went Thursday afternoon to the palliative care unit of the Argenteuil hospital center, near Paris, to meet the healthcare community and families "to discuss with them about the question of the end of life in a framework respectful of their privacy", added the Elysée. The press had not been invited.

On January 8, during the traditional greetings to religious authorities, Emmanuel Macron promised those responsible for religion that he would consult them once again on this ultra-sensitive subject. He has already done this several times in the past, notably during dinners with other relevant figures from the medical or ethical sphere.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal assured on January 30 that the bill on active assistance in dying would be examined "before the summer", while promising to "considerably" strengthen palliative care units.

In addition to the representatives of the main religions, present at this dinner were the president of the National Ethics Committee Jean-François Delfraissy, a head of the palliative care service, a resuscitation doctor, the president of the national council of the order of doctors François Arnault , as well as Alain Claeys, co-author with Jean Leonetti of the 2016 law on the end of life.

Writing (with AFP)

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