The Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, father of the New Wave, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91, had recourse to assisted suicide, his family adviser confirmed to AFP. . Godard had recourse to legal assistance in Switzerland for a voluntary departure following “multiple disabling pathologies” according to the terms of the medical report”, explained Patrick Jeanneret, confirming information published by the newspaper Liberation. There are different forms assisted death in Switzerland, such as passive euthanasia and assisted suicide. The best known remains assisted suicide, a practice which is not specifically regulated but is authorized under certain conditions. – for example, by providing him with a deadly substance – is punishable by a custodial sentence of up to five years or a monetary penalty. However, organizations such as Exit provide assisted suicide as part of of the law as long as “no selfish motive” can be blamed on them. The practice of assisted suicide is governed by codes of medical ethics and is supported by organizations, mainly Exit, which has accompanied nearly 1,400 people in death in 2021. Assisted suicides have increased annually in recent years in Switzerland, rising from 187 cases per year in 2003 to 965 in 2015, according to the Federal Statistical Office. After a slight decrease in 2016, they have since started to rise again.
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