Following months of deadly and brutal domestic jihadist terror attacks against civilians and police throughout France, numerous serving military officers, and thousands of other military personnel, signed a public letter warning France is headed toward ‘disintegration’ and ‘civil war.’ This, if the domestic Islamist threat isn’t quickly contained.
Initially, it was noted that 100 ranking officers, including between 20 and 25 retired generals, and over 1,000 military personnel signed the letter, but those numbers later swelled to many thousands.
The letter produced both active support from many politicians and many common French people, and a furious reaction from the government.
France’s Minister-in-Charge of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, warned that any active member of the military who signed the letter will be punished for breaking a law which requires them to be politically neutral. But nationalist opposition leader Marine Le Pen, a candidate in next year’s presidential election, spoke out in support of the former generals.
Le Pen called on the generals to join her in “the battle of France.” Her response came on the same day as a fatal knife attack at a police station south-west of Paris, which is being treated as a possible terrorist attack.
The letter says that “the hour is grave, and France is in peril.” It goes on to warn of “Islamism and the hordes from the suburbs” who “scorn the country” will lead to deaths “in the thousands.” These are references to the no-go zones created by swarms of mostly North African Muslim migrants who refuse to integrate and are regularly creating chaos and violence.
The soldiers continue by blaming other groups for inflaming the tensions, saying that young, non-white French activists are stirring “hatred between communities” by calling for the demolishment of statues of French figures from colonial times. They also called out the French government for attempting to scapegoat the police by using them to repress the populist “gilet jaunes” (also known as the Yellow Vest movement.
The letter goes on to reference the brutal beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty by a radicalized Chechen Muslim immigrant in October 2020, saying: “Who could have imagined 10 years ago that a teacher would one day be beheaded on leaving school.”
It concludes by imploring:
Those who run our country must imperatively find the needed courage to eradicate these dangers,” the commentary read, going on to state that firmly applying the laws of the land often sets things right. If not, civil war could “end the growing chaos.”