No more than cogs

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"It went from a philosophy of 'we like people, we use objects' to 'we use people, we like objects'." So said Pierre Nicolas of the CGT trade union after three workers from Renault's giant "Technocentre" committed suicide in four months.

One study concluded that work related issues are responsible for one suicide every day in France. Using Orwellian terms like "hyper-rationalisation", neoliberal policies have put French workers under ever greater pressure to reach targets and work longer hours. When Sodexho worker Isabelle Beal killed herself her last words were, "I'm not strong enough - too much pressure at work."

France's new president will not change this. Only the workers and students who successfully challenged the change to labour laws last year have the power to stop these neoliberal murders.