A woman says, ´I am not dead!´ – level 3

09-09-2021 07:00

Declared dead by a French court in 2017, 59-year-old Jeanne Pouchain has spent the past four years trying to escape a legal maze of court errors and to prove to authorities that she is in fact alive.

The experience´s been devastating, and it left Pouchain and her family with seemingly endless problems. It all began when her family received a letter from a French court claiming that she was deceased. It demanded her husband and son pay her debts as a part of a legal procedure launched by a former employee of Pouchain´s cleaning business.

Since that time, Pouchain hasn´t been able to work, and she is afraid to leave her house because she has no valid ID or social security details. Without a social security card, she´s been missing out on health and dental care, and she only has six teeth left.

Some of Pouchain and her husband´s belongings have been taken by the court, and all their savings have gone into the cost of fighting against the court´s ruling. However, there is hope that the court will look at Pouchain´s case again.

Difficult words: maze (a network of paths through which a person has to find a way), deceased (dead), miss out (to lose an opportunity to do or have something).

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