Based on its opinion published in July 2013, the CCNE (French National Advisory Council on Ethical Issues) announced that general end of life debates would be held this autumn. But this is scheduled to be carried out on a minor scale: 30 randomly selected citizens will debate this topic over 4 weekends and present their conclusions on 16 December 2013.
Secondly, this panel will not carry any weight unless it contravenes the "conclusions of the Sicard report, which consulted the French people, contrary to the spirit of the unanimously elected 2005 legislation, and against the opinion of the CCNE, which turned down euthanasia."
In view of these facts, Jean Léonetti believes that the government will use a forceful strategy to pass the law. It is even more lamentable that "French people are not fully aware of the legislation governing the end of life and their rights." He also stressed that the "end of life debate goes far beyond the simple fact of knowing whether to allow someone to die or whether to assist someone at the end of their life to die."