Macron blow: 20 retired French Generals warn President of ‘civil war’ in open letter

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The open letter signed by some 120 former senior staffers and 1,000 lower ranked military personnel suggests the possible need for a military coup. 

Written by Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, a former officer, the letter warns Mr Macron “France is in danger”.

It said: “Several mortal perils threaten her.

“Even in retirement, we remain soldiers of France and cannot in the present circumstances remain indifferent to the fate of our beautiful country”.

They claimed France was “disintegrating with the Islamists of the hordes of the banlieue [suburbs] who are detaching large parts of the nation and turning them into territory subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution”.

The officers then criticised the President for allowing brutal police action against yellow vest protesters in the country.

In a grim comment, the letter then warned the country would “explode” into civil war if ‘nothing was done”.

Finishing the open letter, the signatories alleged they had broad support in the military and, in thinly veiled support of Ms Le Pen, were “ready to support” politicians who focused on the “safety of a nation”.

Ms Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party, seized on the letter published on the Valeurs Actuelles website, and said: “I invite you to join our action to take part in the battle which is opening, which is certainly a political and peaceful battle, but which is above all the battle of France.”

Florence Parly, France’ Armed Forces minister, was furious over the letter and called it “irresponsible”.

She said: “The irresponsible column published in Valeurs Actuelles is only signed by retired soldiers, who no longer have any function in our armies and only represent themselves.”

The minister then also targeted Ms Le Pen, and said: “The politicisation of the Armed Forces suggested by Madame Le Pen would weaken our military capability and therefore France.

“The military are not there to campaign, but to defend France and protect the French.”

It comes as a Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey showed Mr Macron would win a Presidential run-off election against Ms Le Pen in 2022, but only narrowly.

The survey, which polled 10,000 people aged 18 or more online between April 9 and April 15, showed the two frontrunners were neck and neck.

But in a run-off election, Mr Macron would beat Ms Le Pen by 57 percent to 43 percent, with a 1.4 point margin of error.

POLITICO, however, showed in it’s ‘Poll Of Polls’ Mr Macron’s approval ratings have hit 60 percent, while his approval ratings are at 37 percent.

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