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French President Francois Hollande waves at the Elysee presidential Palace on November 14, 2012 in Paris, after a meeting with African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.  AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE        (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) French President Francois Hollande waves at the Elysee presidential Palace on November 14, 2012 in Paris, after a meeting with African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)  

Report to socialist French president recommends legalizing ‘accelerated deaths’

Agence France-Presse
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France should allow doctors to “accelerate the coming of death” for terminally ill patients, a report to President Francois Hollande recommended Tuesday.

Hollande referred the report to a national council on medical ethics which will examine the precise circumstances under which such steps could be authorised with a view to producing draft legislation by June 2013.

“The existing legislation does not meet the legitimate concerns expressed by people who are gravely and incurably ill,” Hollande said.

The report said physicians should be allowed to authorise interventions that ensure quicker deaths for terminal patients in three specific sets of circumstances.

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