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Former French Officials Call For Military Rule If Macron Won’t Halt ‘Islamists’ From ‘Disintegrating Society’

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A whopping 20 retired French generals and 80 other ex-officers are calling for military rule in the country if President Emmanuel Macron does not halt society’s “disintegration caused by Islamists.”

In response, Macron has threatened to punish generals who signed the open letter that warned the country is heading for “civil war” because of radical Islam.

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The Daily Mail reported:

Twenty retired generals, as well as several serving soldiers, signed the letter which warned that failure to act against the ‘suburban hordes’ – a reference to the predominantly immigrant population of the housing estates which surround French cities – will lead to deaths ‘in the thousands.’

The government strongly condemned the letter, which was published on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d’etat by generals opposed to France granting independence to Algeria.

“These are unacceptable actions,” Defence Minister Florence Parly said Monday, adding that serving military members had flouted a law requiring them to remain politically neutral.

“There will be consequences, naturally,” Parly said, adding that she had instructed the army chief of staff to discipline them.

Far-Right leader Marine Le Pen has thrown her support behind the ex-soldiers who wrote the letter.

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The open letter, published in Valeurs Actuelles, a right-wing magazine, claims a military coup might be necessary to stop a ‘civil war’ in France.

Despite condemnation from the government and left-wing parties, Marine Le Pen hailed the letter, which was signed by 80 officers, as well as the 20 generals.

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“I invite you to join us in taking part in the coming battle, which is the battle of France,” she wrote in a response to the letter.

The Daily Mail continued:

The lead signatory was Christian Piquemal, 80, who commanded the Foreign Legion before losing his privileges as a retired officer after being arrested while taking part in an anti-Islam demonstration in 2016.

It was written by Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, a former officer, and signed by 1000 others who were in lower ranks.

The incendiary letter reads: ‘France is in danger. Several mortal perils threaten her. Even in retirement, we remain soldiers of France and cannot in the present circumstances remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country.’

The retired officers claimed that France was ‘disintegrating with the Islamists of the hordes of the banlieue [suburbs] who are detaching large parts of the nation and turning them into territory subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution’.

The lead signatory was Christian Piquemal, who commanded the Foreign Legion before losing his privileges as a retired officer after being arrested while taking part in an anti-Islam demonstration in 2016.

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It was written by Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, a former officer, and signed by 1000 others who were in lower ranks.

There are around five million Muslims in France, which is the largest community of its kind in western Europe.

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