Friday, June 17, 2011

French government warns of potential mass suicides over predictions world will end on December 21, 2012 - 17th June 2011

The French government has warned of the risk of mass suicides in the country by people who believe the world will self-destruct next year.

Recent disasters - including the earthquake in Japan - as well as anxiety over pandemics and economic concerns - are creating a global climate of fear, which for some are omens of impending doom.

The hamlet of Bugarach, in the south of France, has attracted the attention of a government watchdog which monitors cults and suspicious spiritual activities.

Bugarach - and the rocky outcrop of Pic de Bugarach - have had an influx of New Age visitors in recent months who believe it is the only place in the world which will survive an Apocalypse on December 21, 2012.

This is the date when many believe the world will end according to an ancient Mayan prophecy.

The theory has taken root around the world but seems to have been most widely embraced in France.

A report published yesterday by watchdog Miviludes said the picturesque village near Carcassonne should be monitored in the lead-up to the end of 2012.

Miviludes president Georges Fenech said: 'I think we need to be careful. We shouldn't get paranoid, but when you see what happened at Waco in the United States, we know this kind of thinking can influence vulnerable people.'

Waco, Texas, made headlines in 1993 when federal agents raided the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement, led by David Koresh, leading to a 50-day siege.

The building was burnt down when agents eventually tried to force their way in, leaving 80 people dead. Read More