Several alleged active-duty members of the French military have sent another letter to President Emmanuel Macron’s government warning of civil war weeks after penning the first one.
The letter accusing the French government of giving concessions” to Islamism and silencing them was published in the right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles last Sunday.
There were no named signatories but the authors claimed that they were “active duty personnel” and appended the end of the letter for “additional signatories” from the public.
According to the letter, the government invoked a “misinterpreted duty of reserve in order to silence French citizens.”
The letter also echoed the sentiments of the earlier letter written by retired generals warning of civil war and the threat of “suburban hordes.”
“We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country. 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,” warned the authors of the letter.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin condemned the letter and said its anonymous signatories lacked “courage.”
Former president Francois Hollande said he was wondering how such sentiments could be expressed by serving soldiers.
“How can we suggest that the army today could have such feelings and a desire to question the very principles of the Republic?” said Hollande.
Valeurs Actuelles claimed that there are more than 93,000 signatories by Monday morning.