French soldiers say ‘civil war is brewing’ in new warning over concessions to Islamism

Prime Minister Jean Castex

Not long after a group of retired French military officers publicly warned French President Emmanuel Macron that civil war is brewing in that country due to lax government policies toward creeping Islamism, yet another warning letter has emerged, according to

A group of serving French soldiers has published a new open letter warning Macron that the “survival” of France is at risk after the president’s “concessions” to Islamism.

The letter published in the right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles (Today’s Values) on May 10 echoes one printed in the same magazine last month that also warned of civil war and demanded military action against “Islamists.”

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin called the letter a “crude maneouvre” and accused the anonymous signers of lacking “courage.”

Some 1,000 people signed the previous letter, including serving officers and some 20 semi-retired generals. They predicted the “disintegration” of France resulting from radical Islamic “hordes” that have been allowed to live and largely govern themselves in French suburbs.

The letter created a furor, with Prime Minister Jean Castex calling it unacceptable interference while France’s top general called it “absolutely revolting” and vowed punishment for those behind it.

It is not known how many individuals created the current letter or what their military ranks are. Their remaining anonymous is likely due to consequences faced by the authors of the previous letter, with 18 officers who signed the letter now facing disciplinary action.

This letter was also open to be signed by the public, with Valeurs Actuelles saying more than 93,000 had done so by May 10.


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