Crisis: French farmers committing suicide every two days

Driven by financial distress

10 October, 19:25

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    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - French farmers are committing suicide every two days, according to the first official survey on this issue released Thursday.

    Carried out by the National Institute for Health Control (InVs), the survey logged 500 suicides among farmers during 2007-2009, equal to an average of 166 suicides a year. Of these, 417 men and 68 women aged 45-64, most of them dairy and cattle farmers, took their own lives.

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the French agricultural world, after cancer and cardiovascular disease.

    ''Three main issues drive farmers to take their own lives'', said expert Marie-Thérèse Denieul. ''These are increasing social isolation, the economic crisis, and an increase in government inspections and administrative burdens''.

    French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll said that he is ''aware that the financial difficulties being experienced by some farmers can create situations of distress''. He promised to ''take determined action'' to respond to this scourge.


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