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A terminally ill man will live stream his own death in an apparent protest, after his request for euthanasia was denied.
Frenchman Alain Cocq will broadcast his death on Facebook next week, when he expects to die.
After being denied the right to end his life, Mr Cocq remains determined to say his final goodbyes next week.
The 57-year-old, who suffers from a rare condition where the walls of the arteries stick together, has also refused to eat or drink, as well as undertake any treatment that will prolong his life.
President Emmanuel Macron refused his request for euthanasia because it remains prohibited in France, reported Mirror Online.
The dying man has been bedbound in Dijon for years and feels the time is right to end his life.
He has argued for some time that he should be able to die when he is ready – but has been told assisted death remains illegal.
Vowing to film his final hours live on social media, he says the raw footage will raise crucial awareness of euthanasia.
Now he hopes his actions "will be remembered and go down in the long term as a step towards changing the law".
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He posted President Macron's response on his Facebook page.
"Because I am not above the law, I am not able to comply with your request," Macron reportedly said in a letter.
"I cannot ask anyone to go beyond our current legal framework.
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"Your wish is to request active assistance in dying which is not currently permitted in our country."
He signed off: "With all my personal support and profound respect."
In order to show France the "agony" caused by the law in its current state, Cocq said he would broadcast the end of his life on his Facebook page – which he believed would come in "four to five days".
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