New military letter warns Macron about France’s ‘survival’ – fr

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New military letter warns Macron about France’s ‘survival’ – fr


File photo: French President Emmanuel Macron

PARIS: A group of French soldiers on duty published a new open letter in a conservative magazine warning President Emmanuel Macron that the “survival” of France is at stake after having made “concessions” to Islamism.
The letter published in the conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles published on Sunday evening echoes the tone of a similar letter published in the same magazine last month which also warned that a civil conflict was brewing.
The previous letter, signed by a handful of officers and around 20 semi-retired generals, sparked an uproar in France, with the prime minister calling it unacceptable interference and the general-in-chief of France swearing that those behind. would be punished.
It is not known how many people are behind the current letter or what their ranks are. Unlike the previous letter, it is also open for public signature.
“We’re not talking about extending your terms or winning over others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country, ”said the letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.
The perpetrators described themselves as serving soldiers of the younger generation of the military, a so-called “fire generation” who had experienced active service.
“They offered their skin to destroy the Islamism to which you have made concessions on our soil. ”
They added that they had also served in the security operation in France launched after a wave of attacks in 2015. They observed that for some religious communities “France means nothing but an object of sarcasm. , contempt and even hatred ”.
He added: “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 well. ”
The letter arrives in a feverish political atmosphere in France ahead of the 2022 polls where Macron’s main challenger is expected to be the far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Prime Minister Jean Castex had qualified the rare intervention in politics of military personalities in the letter of last month “of initiative against all our republican principles, of honor and the duty of the army« .
The Chief of Staff of the French armed forces, General François Lecointre, said those who signed it will face sanctions ranging from forced retirement to disciplinary action.

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