A man denied the right to end his life says he expects to die next week – and will live stream his death on Facebook.
Frenchman Alain Cocq will broadcast his final moments in an apparent protest at the French Government.
The in-pain 57-year-old suffers from a rare condition where the walls of the arteries stick together.
President Emmanuel Macron refused his request for euthanasia because it remains prohibited in France.
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.
But determined Cocq is planning to say goodbye to friends and family next week.
He is now refusing to eat or drink, and has rejected any further treatment to prolong his life.
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”.
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.
“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”.