1.  In France, the practise remains illegal but a 2005 law legalised passive euthanasia, in which a patient's life is ended by removing or withholding the treatment necessary to prevent death. If the patient is unconscious, as in Lambert's case, the decision to limit or end treatment can only be decided by a representative designated by the patient.
  2. An online survey by Direct Matin shows that 48 per cent support the decision to cut off intravenous supply: 
  3. Jean Leonetti, the French politician who introduced the existing euthanasia law (often referred to as the Leonetti Law), shared his opinion about the court ruling: 
  4. @JeanLeonetti: I note with surprise the decision of the Administrative Tribunal of Châlons-en-Champagne.
  5. Some French netizens used #DroitDeMourirDansLaDignite or "the right to die with dignity" to express their opinion, while others criticised the Leonetti law for its ambiguity:
  6. @Scouffy: Sometimes justice leaves me puzzled and disturbed. Since when have judges studied medicine? 
  7. @cgouye: The Leonetti law is so unclear that it can't be respected. 
  8. @CatCantelle: Let's insist on the right to die with dignity while we are healthy. If it's too late, your parents will decide. 
  9. @BizouSteph: If one day, I find myself in the situation of Vincent Lambert, let me go. 
  10. @lzenah56: I think it's very selfish of his parents.
  11. @JulietteCaro: Dying with dignity is a law but voting for euthanasia is a duty. 
  12. @LD_Melanie: Refusing euthanasia for Vincent Lambert. Once again, a jury that understood nothing! What are they waiting for after being in a coma for five years? A resurrection?
  13. Despite the support Vincent Lambert received, others took the opportunity to express their opposition to euthanasia:
  14. @MalouBlandini: No to euthanasia, no to assisted suicide. 
  15. @bldecharmoyThank God judges still have a forum that enables them to apply the law of nature!
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