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Inquiry opened after Yellow Vests goad police to `commit suicide'
Yellow Vests took to the streets of Paris for a 23rd consecutive Saturday this weekend, facing off against police at the city's historic Place de la République, where protesters chanted at officers to "commit suicide".
The jeers have struck a nerve in France, where the number of police suicides are on the rise. Twenty-eight officers have taken their own lives so far this year, the Information and Communication Service of the National Police (SICoP) confirmed to FRANCE 24.
"These chants incite real hatred against the police, and the interior and justice ministries must demonstrate firmness by pursuing any legal action that may be brought," ALTERNATIVE Police CFDT said in a statement on Saturday. Although there is no clear single cause for the high rate of suicides, police unions have pointed to the relentless pressures of the job.
French mayors urge government to do more to shelter asylum seekers
The signatories of the appeal come from an array of political parties, and include Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
In 2018, the number of people who requested asylum in France grew by 22 percent to 122,743, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons (Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides or OFPRA). But government reception centres only had room for 86,510.

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FRANCE24 got kind of sassy this week. I reckon, Macron's um measured response fell flat.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 05:05:00 PM EST
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