Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
The suicide rate among French police has been high relatively speaking for quite some time, and we recommend this DeutscheWelle (MSM warning) piece from December, 2018 titled Why French police officers keep committing suicide. See also a report we compiled titled We’re Also At Breaking Point Say French Police, which includes links to various other reports.
See also this article by FreeWest Media on the increasing levels of violence in the rough parts of French cities as a result of increasing immigration, French magazine outlines new hyperviolence linked to immigration.
It’s certain that French police are in a very tough situation vis-a-vis their working conditions. It’s also the case, however, that many police officers have been responding far too harshly toward the Yellow Vest protestors, causing many life-threatening injuries (see here, here, here and here), prompting the recent provocations of the police seen in last Saturday’s protests where some Yellow Vest demonstrators were shouting at them “kill yourself!” The hatred is understandable given the video postings on social media of unwarranted police violence against all manner of protestors, including the elderly.
As Martin Armstrong notes below, when will the police turn on the government? Another issue he raises is the insistence European leaders like Macron are placing on the institution of a European army. Is the non-existent Russian threat the reason for this insistence, or is it the need for violent suppression of its citizens, without the evident complications of using local police to perform the task?
Suicide Rate Doubles In France Among Police
The Yellow Vest movement is turning into a major confrontation demanding Macron leave office.
The French police are now protesting after 28 officers have committed suicide so far in 2019. This is double the amount recorded at the same time last year. While the press tends to focus on complaints of a lack of resources, unpaid overtime, and inefficient management, they are not speaking about the social isolation the police are starting to experience as they defend the government against the people.
“The working conditions are difficult, the management is too hard. When we are not already feeling well in the private sphere and it is not going well in the professional sphere, it is complicated,” Frederic Lagache, deputy general secretary at Syndicat Alliance – France’s biggest police union – told Euronews.
He also denounced “an anti-cop hatred in France”, adding: “the current system is an explosive cocktail.”
I have written before about the Nika Revolt of 532AD where the local police and troops refused to defend the emperor Justinian. He almost fled Constantinople until his wife directed him to call in an army which was not Greeks. They came into the city and slaughtered some 30,000 protesters.
What the French police are experiencing is this very same conflict. This is why Brussels wants a European Army for they would have no conflict with the French people if they are not French. The police may yet turn against the French government and if that happens, then we have a French Revolution. The revolution in Ukraine turned when the police saw that Yanukovich brought in Russians to defend himself. Then and only then did the Ukrainian police turn against Yanukovich and he had to flee.
This is standard developments throughout all historical civil unrest movements defining the line when crossed it becomes a revolution.