Vancouver Sun



France's interior minister has condemned a new open letter to Emmanuel Macron from scores of serving military personnel, warning of impending civil war at the hands of Islamists, as a “crude manoeuvre” by the far-right.

Gerald Darmanin dismissed the letter, which includes dire warnings of societal collapse and army interventi­on, as a blatant attempt to boost the far-right before regional and presidenti­al elections and called on the anonymous signatorie­s to have the “bravery” to identify themselves.

In all, 145,000 people, a mixture of military personnel and civilians, had endorsed the second letter by Monday afternoon and 1.7 million people had read it.

An initial letter released two weeks ago by a group of semi-retired generals and mostly retired officers made similar claims that France was heading for “disintegra­tion” and “civil war.”

The armed forces are taking disciplina­ry action against at least 18 serving personnel.

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