World Watch

A Mother's Love
FRANCE Few would condemn a mother for relieving her child's suffering — but police in Berck-sur-Mer may reluctantly do just that. Last Wednesday officials launched homicide inquiries after Marie Humbert injected barbiturates into the IV drip of her severely handicapped son, Vincent; he died Friday.

Left blind, paralyzed and mute after a 2000 auto accident, the mentally sound Vincent used movement in his thumb to communicate his physical and emotional agony over his "locked-in" condition. In a November letter to President Jacques Chirac, he asked that his mother...

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