‘France legalises Covid-19 euthanasia’ rumour debunked

A government decree changing the rules on the sedative Rivotril does not allow for euthanasia, contrary to online rumours

Rumours that the French government had issued a decree allowing doctors to euthanise elderly Covid-19 patients using a powerful sedative are false, medical experts have confirmed.

Rumours had spread rapidly online after the French government adopted a decree on March 28 changing the rules on the use of the powerful sedative drug Rivotril.

The MEP of the Rassemblement National, Gilbert Collard, shared the “news” on his Twitter account, with that Tweet alone being retweeted (shared) 2,300 times.

The Tweet read: “Covid-19: A decree from March 28, 2020 authorises euthanasia to get rid of old people who are cluttering up the hospital. Listen to this interview on Radio Shalom, it explains everything! And to say that we pretend to be the country of human rights...”

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