Friday, December 9, at 2:15 p.m. A man in his 60s gets out of a taxi and surveys the facade of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Cese), located in the Palais Ena, in Paris. It’s in the right place. Behind him he drags a small bag that will allow him to stay for three days during which this first session of the Citizens’ Conference at the End of Life lasts. The work of this particular council, which Emmanuel Macron promised to hold during the presidential campaign, will extend for nine sessions, lasting three days, until March 19. They will collect 185 French people between the ages of 18 and 87. A special device was designed to include eight extremely poor people in the sample, leaving no layer of the French population behind. In mid-March, these French will have to answer the question: “Is the end-of-life support framework adapted to the different situations encountered, or should any changes be introduced?”
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Inside the Palais d’Iéna, the first participants are already spread out over 233 bicycle seats, adorned with an ornament by Jean Sowerby. Some have notebooks, others are on their computers, still others are taking pictures, and there is no doubt – you never know – that they are witnessing a historic moment.
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