A witness is comforted by friends in Villeurbanne, southeastern France. Photo: AFP

Suspect who carried out knife attack in France ‘heard voices’ telling him to kill, prosecutor says

  • Investigators said the killer appeared to have psychological problems and had smoked large quantities of cannabis before the knife attack
  • Police have arrested the suspect and placed him in custody for murder and attempted murder
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A witness is comforted by friends in Villeurbanne, southeastern France. Photo: AFP
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A French police officer stands guard outside the Notre Dame cathedral. File photo: EPA

Worrying rise in police suicides leaves France confronting taboos around mental health

  • More than 60 officers have died by suicide this year – a worrying trend that is leaving the French government scrambling for answers
  • As police unions demand more help to stop the problem, officials have begun advising staff to talk ‘without fear of being judged’, and saying discussing distress ‘is never a weakness’
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A French police officer stands guard outside the Notre Dame cathedral. File photo: EPA
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