Twenty retired French generals call for military rule in the country if President Macron cannot halt society’s ‘disintegration’ caused by Islamists — sparking political uproar ahead of elections


Hundreds of retired soldiers have pledged to support Marine Le Pen in letter The open letter was signed by 20 former generals and 80 other ex-officers Incendiary letter claims France at risk of ‘disintegration’ at ‘hands of Islamists’ Twenty retired French generals have called for military rule if Emmanuel Macron fails to halt the ‘disintegration’ of the country ‘at the hands of Islamists’, in an open letter published ahead of next year’s presidential election. The open letter, published in Valeurs Actuelles, a right-wing news magazine, claims a military coup might be necessary to stop a ‘civil war’ in France. The letter has been condemned by Macron’s government, who compared it to the failed coup by generals against President de Gaulle 60 years ago.

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