French Military Officers Warn Of the “Disintegration” of France in the Fight against “Islamists”
The government of France today condemned an open letter signed by eighty retired French military officers which warned of the “disintegration” of the country under the influence of “left-wing dogma.”
The letter, which gained support from presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, warned of “civil war” and was signed by around twenty generals, a hundred senior officers and more than a thousand other soldiers as an appeal for a “return honour and duty within the political class.”
Led by retired Gendarmerie General Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, the letter warned noted that the “perils are mounting” against France, with violence “increasing day by day.”
“Who would have predicted ten years ago that a professor would one day be beheaded when he left college?” the letter asks while noting growing social problems, religious extremism and “hateful and fanatic partisans.”
The letter warned of the “disintegration” of the country “with the Islamists of the hordes of the banlieue [suburbs] who are detaching swathes of the nation and turning them into territory subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution” and predicted an eventual “explosion and then intervention by our comrades on active service in the dangerous mission of protecting our civilised values and the safety of our compatriots.”
The generals affirmed that they were ready “to support politicians who take into account the safety of the nation,” and asserted that “civil war [would] put an end to this growing chaos and the dead, for whom [the government] will bear responsibility, will be counted in the thousands.”
The letter was endorsed by opposition leader Marine Le Pen on the news site Valuers Acteuelles.
“The concerns that you courageously express cannot remain at the stage of expressing indignation, however powerful,” said Le Pen. “It requires in democracy, the search for a political solution which must materialize through a project of alternation … I invite you to join our action and take part in the battle which is opening and which is above all the battle of France. As a citizen and a female politician, I subscribe to your analysis and share your suffering.”
In response to the letter, the French defence minister, Florence Parly, said that the text was signed by “retired soldiers who no longer have any role in our armed forces and only represent themselves.”
“The words of Ms Le Pen reflect a serious ignorance of the institution of the army, which is worrying for someone who wants to become commander-in-chief,” she added.
The appeal comes three days after a female police officer was stabbed to death by a Tunisian migrant in the town of Rambouillet just outside of Paris - the latest incident in a long string of violence perpetrated by Islamic terrorists in France.