France on the verge of “civil war” thanks to Macron’s “surrender” to Islamic extremists, thousands of soldiers warn – fr

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France on the verge of “civil war” thanks to Macron’s “surrender” to Islamic extremists, thousands of soldiers warn – fr


THOUSANDS of French soldiers on duty signed a letter accusing Emmanuel Macron of surrendering to the Islamists.
The warning published in the right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles claims that France is on the brink of civil war due to the president’s failure to tackle extremists.

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Emmanuel Macron with the Chief of Staff General François Lecointre, who was neither involved in the letterCredit: AP
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The letter was greeted by Marine Le PenCredit: AFP

The move follows that of 20 retired generals in the same publication, who also claimed that “civil war” would break out without firm action.

The perpetrators described themselves as soldiers of the younger generation of the army, a so-called “fire generation” who had experienced active service.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said the letter was a “political maneuver” by the “far right” ahead of the presidential elections

But the move was hailed by Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing Rallye National party, which is widely seen as Macron’s main challenger in the race.

According to Valeurs Actuelles, around 2,000 young soldiers signed the second letter.

He compared Macron, 43, and his government to wartime Nazi collaborators and the officers who signed the first letter to heroic Resistance fighters.

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President Macron has been accused of “surrendering” to IslamismCredit: Reuters

“We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country,” said the latest letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.

The letter said that the soldiers “offered their lives to destroy the Islamism to which you have made concessions on our soil”.

The soldiers accused certain religious communities that “France means nothing other than an object of sarcasm, contempt or even hatred”.

“If a civil war breaks out, the army will maintain order on its own soil … civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly”, the letter indicates.

In response to the letter, Le Pen said: “The French People’s Army has a duty to sound the alarm when it sees ever greater dangers building up against our country. “

But Gerald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, accused the military of “staging a major political maneuver” and of hiding behind anonymity.

Christian Piquemal, former commander of the Foreign Legion, was the main signatory of a letter calling for military rule in France
Christian Piquemal, former commander of the Foreign Legion, was the main signatory of a letter calling for military rule in France

“I believe when you’re in the military you don’t do that sort of thing in hiding. These people are anonymous. Is it courage? “, He said.

It comes amid growing concern in France over terrorist attacks linked to ISIS and what some see as a disruption of the country’s secular ideals.

The beheading of teacher Samuel Paty last year sparked mass protests for free speech and a government crackdown on “separatists”.

In the previous letter, the retired generals claimed that France would “explode” into civil war if “nothing was done”, resulting in thousands of deaths, they claim.

Officers claimed France is disintegrating with Islamists from the suburban hordes [suburbs] which detach large parts of the nation and make it a territory subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution ”.

They also claimed they had broad support in the military and were “ready to support” politicians who focused on “the security of a nation”.

The main signatory was Christian Piquemal, 80, a former Foreign Legion commander who lost his retired officer’s privileges after being arrested for participating in an anti-Islam protest in 2016.

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