The grim fate of French hospital whistleblowers

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In January this year Professor Christian Marescaux, a neurologist at the main public hospital in Strasbourg in north-east France, accused the institution of allowing private patients to queue jump stroke victims who were in urgent need of MRI scans. Today, six months after first going public on the scandal in an interview with Mediapart (read here in French), he reflects on the character traits that led him to blow the whistle in the first place. “I don't have that way of being cool, supposedly balanced, that allows you to put everything into perspective...you have to have a certain rigidity of character to be unable to bear injustice,” he says.