Dozens of protesters rallied in Paris on Monday, to protest a court ruling allowing doctors to switch off the life support of a 42-year-old quadriplegic man who has been in a persistent vegetative state for over 10 years.

"The Lambert affair is revealing a profound dishonesty in our society in France. Shame, shame to our society for passively accepting the manner in which Vincent Lambert is being treated, because today it's Vincent Lambert, tomorrow it can be any of us," said a protester speaking at a rally.

Vincent Lambert, 42, suffered severe brain damage that left him in a vegetative state after a motorcycle accident in 2008. Vincent's parents, who are practising Catholics, have been trying to keep him on life support despite the desire of his wife and six of his siblings to follow the doctors' recommendations to terminate the care.

Following a final court ruling, Lambert's doctors started halting his life support on Monday morning.

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