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FRANCE PRISONS
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September 23, 2009
Prison wardens block the entrance of the Fresnes prison to prevent the extraction and transfer of prisoners...
Fresnes, France
To match feature FRANCE-PRISONS/
Prison wardens block the entrance of the Fresnes prison to prevent the extraction and transfer of prisoners during a nationwide protest against their working conditions, in Fresnes, south of Paris, in this May 6, 2009 file photo. France's suicide rate of 16 cases per 10,000 prisoners compares with 10 in Germany and 9 in England and Wales, European Union penal statistics for 2006 showed. By 2008, according to a French government report, the rate had risen to 17.
President Nicolas Sarkozy called jails "the disgrace of the Republic" in June, and the government has taken emergency steps such as handing out paper pyjamas to prevent hangings. To match feature FRANCE-PRISONS/ REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files (FRANCE POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS CONFLICT)
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