The CFDT workers union has issued a statement outlining how Renault's recent restructuring has led to increased pressure among the workers, enough apparently to push some over the edge. The union urged the company to evaluate the working conditions of its employees, which must be incredibly stressful. As Renault has recently seen a drop in profits due to an aging lineup and rising costs for raw materials, we can only imagine that the pressure to perform is increasing. Renault, for its part, has said it will look into how these deaths could've been prevented.
[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]