LES PIEUX, France — On a sunny but chilly June morning, Dr. Martial Jardel took his black bike out of his camper van, put his helmet on and started out the motor. For his very last working day on Normandy’s Cotentin Peninsula, he was prepared to hit the street along the English Channel to check out a affected individual.
Michel Piquot, 92, standing on his doorstep in blue slippers, was waiting impatiently.
“When was the last time you experienced a blood exam?” Dr. Jardel asked just after arriving at the single-story residence, talking louder for the challenging-of-listening to Mr. Piquot,