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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has “jostled” France in two sensitive cases on euthanasia and surrogacy, writes Aujourd’hui en France.

On 25 June, the ECHR “ruled in favour” of the parents of a quadreplegic man who wished to block the decision of a French appeals court to have their son taken off life support (as per the wishes of the man’s doctors and another part of his family). The next day, the European court forced France to recognise the legal relationship between a French family and their twin daughters born to a surrogate mother abroad.

As the paper explains —

upon signing the European Convention on Human Rights, a state must respect the rulings of this court, which is based on anglo-saxon pragmatism. It often reverses the decisions of our own justice system and contradicts the sense of our laws.