<figcaption>(L) French gendarmes protect themselves with their shields after receiving a petrol bomb © Thomas Samson / AFP ; (R) Maggy Biskupski, President of the association MPC (Movement of Angry Policemen) © AFP / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption>
<strong>A policewoman who led a group that raised awareness about violence against French officers has been found dead, amid a wave of suicides in the country’s law enforcement community.</strong>
Maggy Biskupski, 36, was discovered dead in her home outside Paris, having apparently shot herself with her service weapon. She was the founder and leader of France’s Angry Police Movement, or MPC, which she created after two officers were badly injured by a Molotov cocktail attack in 2016. The incident sparked demonstrations by France’s police force, with protesters denouncing the rise of anti-police sentiment and demanding more resources to improve public safety.
The outspoken officer had been under investigation for speaking to the media about attacks against the police without permission from her superiors.