Death at the top – Mitterrand’s demise

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Francois Mitterrand, French president 1981-1995

A new book claims that the death of President Mitterrand of France was not as natural as history would have us believe.

Mitterrand,  the only socialist President of the Fifth Republic from 1981 to 1995 and an opponent of euthanasia, died in his eightieth year in 1996. He had been suffering from cancer for fifteen years but his illness remained a closely guarded secret whilst he was alive.But in a new book by  two French journalists, Denis Demonpion and Laurent Léger, a slightly different story is told. They claim that the former French President Francois Mitterrand was given a fatal intravenous injection to end his suffering at his own request.

Le dernier tabou, Révélations sur la santé des présidents, is published this week by Pygmalion (in French)

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