French right-to-die-activist postpones death date

'I’m looking forward to living through another spring' says Jacqueline Jencquel

Two years ago, Jacqueline Jencquel set a date to die by assisted suicide in January 2020 rather than endure old age. She says she still plans to go through with it – but not just yet, because she is enjoying life

A French woman who announced in 2018 that she had set a date to die even though she was not terminally ill says she will go ahead with it this year – but later than planned.

This is partly because she says she is currently enjoying life.

Right-to-die activist Jacque­line Jencquel, now 76, says she will not make the new date public so she is not in a media spotlight in her final days.

The issue of medically-assisted suicide has come to the fore in court cases in Switzerland, and a doctor from Ile-de-France was suspended pending an investigation after he illegally administered a sedative in the homes of seven terminally ill patients. 

Ms Jencquel, who lives between Paris and Switzerland, revealed her plans in 2018 in her blog on the site of Swiss newspaper Le Temps. “I’m not prepared to live as an old woman for too long, it’s a pain in ...

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