This is unbelievable: French student burn himself because of some financials problems
Sat, Nov 2019
A 22-year-old French student is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire.
The man posted on Facebook about his financial difficulties just hours before self-immolating in front of a university restaurant in Lyon.
He blamed President Emmanuel Macron, two of his predecessors, far-right leader Marine Le Pen as well as the European Union for having "killed him".
Fire-fighters said the man had sustained 90% burns.
The man, who was studying at Lyon 2 University, wrote on Facebook that he no longer had the strength to face the financial burden of living on €450 (£388) a month.
"Let us fight against the rise of fascism, which only divides us... and liberalism that creates inequalities," he wrote.
"I accuse Macron, [François] Hollande, [Nicolas] Sarkozy and the EU of killing me, creating uncertainties about the future of all, and I also accuse Le Pen and [media] editors of creating fear," he added.
Referring to the location of the incident - in front of a busy university restaurant - he said he was "aiming for a political venue".
The man's girlfriend had alerted authorities after he informed her of his plan in a text message.
The SUD-Éducation and Solidaires student unions spoke of the "precariousness" of "the life of the students".
"His act cannot be reduced to despair alone," they said in a statement.