Frozen couple cremated after freezer breaks

17th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

RENNES, France, March 16, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman who kept his parents' bodies in deep-freeze caskets for years in hope of one day bringing them back to life, said Thursday he had finally cremated them after the freezer system broke down.

RENNES, France, March 16, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman who kept his parents' bodies in deep-freeze caskets for years in hope of one day bringing them back to life, said Thursday he had finally cremated them after the freezer system broke down.

Rémy Martinot had been fighting a legal battle to keep his parents' corpses frozen, in line with the wishes of his father, Raymond Martinot, a doctor and fan of cryogenic theory.

The bodies were kept cooled to minus 65 degree Celsius (minus 85 degrees Fahrenheit) in the cellar of Martinot's chateau in the Loire Valley town of Nueil-sur-Layon.

"We realised in February that the temperature had risen to around minus 20 degrees after a technical incident. From that point onwards, I decided that it was no longer reasonable to carry on," he said Thursday.

Their bodies were cremated on March 3 in the central French town of Angers.

Martinot's father had kept his wife Monique's body frozen since she died in 1984 at the age of 49, and showed off her crypt to visiting tourists for a fee to help pay for upkeep of the equipment.

Following his father's death in 2002, Martinot filed a legal request to keep both corpses on ice, but in January France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, ordered him to either bury or cremate his parents.

Martinot had planned to take his case before the European Court of Human Rights.

"I am no more sad today that at the time my parents died. I have finished mourning. But I am bitter that I could not carry out my father's wishes," Martinot said.

"Maybe the future will show that my father was right and that he was a pioneer," he said.

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Subject: French news

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