French doctor accused of poisoning patients to 'save' them

A French anaesthetist has been accused of giving patients lethal injections to trigger heart attacks in order to pose as a hero for bringing them back to life.

Sometimes he failed and seven people died as a result, prosecutors claimed on Friday 17th May.

Investigating magistrates have linked Dr Frédéric Péchier to the “poisoning” of 24 patients, aged four to 80, between 2008 and 2016 at two clinics in the eastern city of Besançon, where he practised.

He was officially put under investigation in 2017 for seven poisonings; a further 17 cases were added during a court hearing on Thursday 16th May.