Alignment of white crosses in Sainte-Anne d'Auray, in Morbihan, in tribute to farmers who committed suicide.


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A war memorial paying homage to soldiers who died during the 14-18 war.

At its feet, 600 white crosses erected in homage to farmers who committed suicide this year.

In Sainte-Anne d'Auray, in Morbihan, a gesture of meditation was organized at the sanctuary on the occasion of the 6th Day of Prayer in memory of the farmers who left too early.

The initiative is to the credit of Jacques Jeffredo, son of a farmer and himself a market gardener.

Since 2015, this man has been fighting for society to tackle the issue of suicide among farmers.

600 crosses in front of the walls bearing the names of the dead of 14-18.

An enclosure gathering today the peasants who died in the trenches a century ago for our freedom, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren "whose blood waters our furrows" to feed us / sOORELuODS

- Jacques Jeffredo (@JJeffredo) October 25, 2020

That year, the agricultural mutual fund had identified 606 of them. "More than 600 farmers per year commit suicide, or about two people per day, the equivalent of four Airbus [crashed] per year", says the activist in his petition.

“This figure is more than three times higher than the average for other professional social categories,” says Jacques Jeffredo.


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