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Jean-Luc Godard dies at the age of 91

From the 1960s, Jean-Luc Godard was one of those who pushed back the aesthetic and narrative limits of the 7th art and embodied the New Wave. He died Tuesday, September 13 at the age of 91, after having resorted to assisted suicide, in Switzerland.

His first film, "Breathless," was released in 1960, and his most recent film, "The Image Book," came out in 2018, his career thus spanning a 58 years.

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Assisted suicide is when a conscious person who wishes to die takes lethal substances (barbiturates, orally or by injection) prescribed by a doctor. Assisted suicide is prohibited in France, but is authorized (with different conditions) in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, and in the states of Oregon, Washington and Montana in the United States. In Switzerland, assisted suicide is very regulated: it is tolerated when it is carried out for "non-selfish" reasons. Thus, euthanasia is not authorized by Swiss law but assisted suicide is not prohibited. It is Swiss associations (such as Dignitas or Lifecircle) that allow people who wish to obtain assisted suicide.The Exit association, for example, has 1,400 assisted suicides in Switzerland in 2021.