Retired French Military Officials Call for Military Rule if President Macron cannot Halt “Societal Degradation”

French government officials expressed concern after retired Generals and officers have called for a military takeover if President  Emmanuel Macron fails to halt the alleged “disintegration” of the country at the hands of Islamists.

The retired officers as well several active personnel signed and sent a letter which warned that failure to act against the “suburban hordes'” will lead to deaths ‘in the thousands.”

“Islamism and the suburban hordes leads to the detachment of multiple plots of the nation to transform them into territories subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution,” said the letter.

The suburban hordes were allegedly pertaining to migrant settlements around cities while the letter came shortly after a 49-year-old policewoman was stabbed to death by a Tunisian migrant at a police station in Rambouillet.

The letter was an initiative of retired gendarmerie officer Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac and was first published on his Place Armes blog on April 14 before it was recently published on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d’etat by generals opposed to France granting independence to Algeria. 

“These are unacceptable actions. There will be consequences, naturally,” said Defence Minister Florence Parly last Monday.

Senator Jean-Luc Melenchon, president of the left-wing populist party La France Insoumise said the call for a coup is punishable under the national constitution and that they are looking for legal action. 

The letter claimed that the signatories would be supported by the military and were “ready to support politicians who take into account the safety of the nation.”

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