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Doctor cleared over assisted deaths

A French doctor has been acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to help seven terminally ill patients die.

A court in the southern city of Pau issued the verdict in the case of Nicolas Bonnemaison, who had faced up to life in prison.

His lawyer Benoit Ducos-Ader said the decision was "enormous", and expressed hope it would weigh on growing debate in France on legalising euthanasia.

Several relatives of the patients Bonnemaison helped die gave evidence on his behalf. The case had drawn nationwide attention and emotion amid mounting calls in France to legalise euthanasia. It is currently legal in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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