It has been 25 years since the former French President FranÃ§ois Mitterrand passed away. His death raised many questions. Would he have resorted to euthanasia? In an interview with OBS, Jack Lang made troubling confidences about his last days.
During his lifetime, FranÃ§ois Mitterand was close to Jack Lang. Moreover, the 81-year-old politician remembers a very enigmatic sentence that the late President had said to him on New Year’s Eve 1996.
Jack Lang attends “Homage to Lebanese Artists” at the 13th Angouleme Francophone Film Festival on August 31, 2020 in Angouleme, France. | Photo: Getty Images
The name of FranÃ§ois Mitterrand is forever engraved in the history of France. He was the president of the French people for two seven-year terms, from 1981 to 1995. Died almost a year after the end of his second term, his death has raised many questions.
Too weakened by his prostate cancer, would the great man have resorted to euthanasia? So far, this question has not been answered. Everyone has their own version of the death of the former head of state.
The psychologist Marie de Hennezel even raised this subject during her interview with Le Point magazine on Wednesday April 7, 2021. According to her, the father of Mazarine Pingeot and Gilbert Mitterrand was against the law of the end of life.
“As long as I am alive, there will be no law on euthanasia. ‘Cause we’re in a society where there are no good feelings
However, according to the revelations of Anne Pingeot, in the biography of François Mitterrand written by the former BBC journalist Philip Short, the great man would have asked his doctor Jean-Pierre Tarot to help him die.
The art historian even remembers the day he wanted to get out of bed while intubated and tied to “things”. The one who is now 77 years old had also called the doctor of the former president at the time, around 3 am.
FranÃ§ois Mitterrand during his meeting with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. | Photo: Getty Images
â € œTarot didnâ € ™ t move, but he understood, I think, what it meant. François had asked him: ‘When my brain is affected, you liquidate me, I don’t want to be in this state.’ In the morning, when Tarot arrived, he told me I had to go,
Statements which raised not only doubts but also questions. Especially since, according to Philip Short, Anne Pingeot is telling the truth.
President FranÃ§ois Mitterrand attends a conference during the G7 summit at the Royal Palace of Naples, Piazza del Plebiscito, on July 10, 1994 in Naples. | Photo: Getty Images
FranÃ§ois Mitterrand took his last breath on January 8, 1996. His funeral took place three days after his death. In an interview with the OBS, Jack Lang spoke at length about his last discussion with Danielle Mitterrand’s husband on New Years Eve.
According to him, the father of a family with prostate cancer has stepped aside from his family. He was not in his usual place at the common table. He also received the people he had kept close to him to discuss in turn.
ack Lang arrives to attend a Memorial Mass for French actor and director Robert Hossein at Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris on February 09, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images
When Jack Lang’s turn came, the two broached many topics. And despite “the suffering which tortured his body”, the former Minister of Culture declared that his friend was “in great intellectual shape”.
But during their conversation, FranÃ§ois had uttered a very enigmatic sentence that Monique Buczynski’s husband had struggled to understand.
â € œHe confessed: ‘I have solved the philosophical question’. I didn’t dare ask him for more. I think he meant by that: ‘I have solved the question afterwards’,
FranÃ§ois Mitterrand, President of France during a press conference in Vienna. 1982. | Photo: Getty Images
Then, when Jacques Chirac’s predecessor decided to cancel their traditional lunch on January 1, 1996, ValÃ © rie and Caroline Lang’s father realized that he was no longer eating and taking his medication. According to him; the former president was planning his own demise.
As most French people already know, FranÃ§ois Mitterrand had a double life during his lifetime. He was married to Danielle and had Anne Pingeot as his mistress.
French President FranÃ§ois Maurice Mitterrand (1916-1996) at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral where the Channel Tunnel signing ceremony takes place between him and Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister. | Photo: Getty Images
In an interview with TeleStar, her former secretary Paulette Decraene made revelations about the late politician’s hidden daughter.