France, May 27 -- To allow adequate time for the debates - which will combine medical technicalities with legal and personal issues - the National Assembly has scheduled two weeks of discussions for the first reading of the bill.

Health Minister Catherine Vautrin will open the arguments at 4pm on Monday, with a final vote on the legislation scheduled for 11 June.

The debate promises to be heated over eligibility criteria, one of which has been amended in committee.

The original text required people to be suffering from a "serious and incurable condition with a short or medium-term life-threatening prognosis," to be of full age, be able to express their wishes freely and in an informed manner, and to be suffering from an illness that is...