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Montpellier: a gendarme dies after setting herself on fire

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Nadia Mostefa, a 40-year-old gendarme from Montpellier, succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday March 16, after setting herself on fire, said “Le Parisien”. Motorists came to her aid when they saw her get out of her vehicle on fire. The gendarme was taken care of at CHU Lapeyronie between life and death.

According to “Midi-Libre”, which covers the news of the region, this mother would have acted in this way after learning that she had lost custody of her son. Her colleagues indicated that she had been on sick leave for several months. She was head of the human resources department at the headquarters of the Hérault gendarmerie group.


The disappearance of Nadia Mostefa has caused great emotion, particularly within the gendarmerie and police services. His colleagues, police unions and many Internet users have paid him many tributes.

Nadia Mostefa was followed by more than 5,300 people on Twitter, where she regularly posted humorous messages . An investigation has been opened to find out the conditions of his death. It is in particular a question of noting the reasons which led to his gesture, while the police are experiencing a wave of suicides in their workforce. At the beginning of February 2022, there were already 11 police and gendarme suicides this year – a figure significantly higher than in other years.


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