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French PM condemns retired generals over ‘civil war’ warning

French PM condemns retired generals over ‘civil war’ warning
PARIS, April 28 — French Prime Minister Jean Castex condemned today an open letter published by retired rightwing generals warning about the risk of “civil war”. Castex called the rare intervention in politics by military figures “an initiative against all of our republican principles, of...

PARIS, April 28 — French Prime Minister Jean Castex condemned today an open letter published by retired rightwing generals warning about the risk of “civil war”.The French defence minister has threatened to sanction any active-duty soldiers who have added their name in support of the open letter published by rightwing magazine Valeurs Actuelles last week.The open letter warned that failure to act against the “suburban hordes”—a reference to residents of the mainly immigrant suburban areas of French cities—and other groups who “scorn our country” will lead to “civil war” and deaths “in the thousands”.“Laxist” government policies would result in chaos in France requiring “the intervention of our comrades on active duty in a perilous mission of protection of our civilisational values,” the open letter said.

Others include retired general Antoine Martinez, who founded “Volontaires pour la France”, a right-wing group committed to defending “traditional French values”.Another signatory, retired general Christian Piquemal, is an honorary member of the group who was arrested in 2016 while taking part in a banned anti-migrant demonstration in the port of Calais.

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