Wave of Suicides Hit France

Over the French holiday weekend a wave of suicides hit France. 12 people committed suicide on French railways, in unrelated incidents across the country, causing chaos across the french rail networks with 30,000 passengers affected.

In one incident a father jumped in front of a train holding his 19 month old baby. In Paris late Sunday night, the city taxi-drivers had to be called upon to help 10,500 stranded travellers.

France has a higher rate of suicide than it’s neighbours. With 33 per 1,000 taking their own life; compared to roughly half that rate in the UK and Spain.

In Japan, where suicide is recorded as one of the highest in the world, studies have shown that the economic hardship, depression and lack of job prospects are key among victims.

Is it about culture, economics or something else?

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