The Citizen (Gauteng)

Macron gets open letter


Paris – A group of serving French soldiers has published a new open letter warning President Emmanuel Macron that the “survival” of France is at stake after he made “concession­s” to Islamism.

The letter published in the conservati­ve Valeurs Actuelles on Sunday echoes the tone of a similar one printed in the magazine last month, which also warned a civil conflict was brewing.

The previous letter, signed by a handful of officers and some 20 semi-retired generals, sparked a furore in France, with the prime minister calling it an unacceptab­le interferen­ce and France’s top general vowing those behind it would be punished.

It is not clear how many people are behind the current letter or what their ranks are. In contrast to the previous letter, it is also open to be signed by the public.

“We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country,” said the letter addressed to Macron and his Cabinet.

The authors described themselves as serving soldiers from the younger generation of the military, a so-called “generation of fire” that had seen active service.

“If a civil war breaks out, the military will maintain order on its own soil... civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly well.”–

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