Fatigue, burnout, suicide: French police feel abandoned as weekly protests sap resources

August 29th, 2019


Police unions have called out the intense pressure and stress the officers have been put through over the past 10 months as Yellow Vest protests have gripped the country. They say gruelling hours and poor working conditions are among the reasons behind a spike in the number of officers taking their own lives. Between January and July this year, there have been 40 police suicides – a sharp increase from the 33 incidents reported for the whole of 2018, according to France's “Movement of Angry Police Officers" (MPC). And it's a trend that has families stressing about what their loved ones are going through when they are deployed to protest situations.