Two French police kill themselves after 2017's 66 suicides

Two French police officers have already shot themselves dead in 2018 - following a record 66 similar suicides in 2017. 

It was on Monday - New Year's Day - that a father-of-three in his 40s ended a night shift in the northern port of Dunkirk by taking his own life.

Another in the Brittany city of Quimper and in his 50s used his service pistol on himself following a long career in the force.

Two French police officers have killed themselves with their service weapons so far in 2018, following a record 66 suicides in 2017 (file image)

The female police officer is filmed lying on the ground as a group of thugs stamp on her

The footage on social media has sparked outrage across France, with president Emmanuel Macron promising to bring the culprits to justice

The deaths come amid an uptick in violence against police (pictured, a video of a female officer being beaten this week) and after cops were allowed to take their weapons home

It comes after French police were given permission to take their service weapons home following the Paris terror attack in 2015.

That temporary rule was made permanent in July 2016 after an officer and his wife were stabbed to death by a jihadist  

The disturbing figures have also been accompanied by an increase in violence against those upholding law and order.

This week video emerged of a woman officer being beaten up by a baying mob in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, which has become synonymous with Portuguese immigration.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised a crackdown after footage of French police being beaten went viral

President Emmanuel Macron has promised a crackdown after footage of French police being beaten went viral

A male colleague of the victim also suffered a 'criminal lynching', according to President Emmanuel Macron, who pledged urgent action.

Another officer was also assaulted by a gang in the nearby town of Aulnay-sous-Bois, in the troubled Seine-Saint-Denis department.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called the attacks against police

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