Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 07:30:56 PM EST
Anger as ex-generals warn of 'civil war' in France | BBC News |
Controversy is growing in France over an open letter signed by former and serving members of the military, warning of the threat of civil war.
Around 1,000 servicemen and women, including some 20 retired generals, put their names to the letter.
"The hour is grave, France is in peril," they wrote last week.
Ministers have strongly condemned the message, which was published by a right-wing magazine on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d'état.
What does the letter say?
The letter warns French President Emmanuel Macron, his government and MPs of "several deadly dangers" threatening France, including "Islamism and the hordes of the banlieue" - the impoverished immigrant suburbs that surround French cities.
Rightwing publication with support from Marine LePen and Islamophobes
La gauche s'affole après la publication de la tribune des généraux et la réponse de Marine Le Pen
'I understood you!': May 1958, the return of De Gaulle and the fall of France's Fourth Republic | The Conversation |
April 1961 Generals' Putsch of Algiers (Putsch des généraux), was a failed military action to press French President Charles de Gaulle to not abandon French Algeria, along with French people and pro-French Arabs living there. The putsch in French Algeria was conducted by four retired generals, led by Maurice Challe, the commander of the French Armed Forces in Algeria in 1958-60 and the author of the successful Challe Plan. The plan which in effect helped to defeat militant rebels across Algeria.
French Colons Riot in Algeria; Challe Declares State of Siege; De Gaulle Prohibits All Meetings | The Harvard Crimson - Jan. 25, 1960 |
A fundamental value and essential principle of the Republic, secularism is a French invention
"France is an indivisible, secular, democratic and social Republic, guaranteeing that all citizens regardless of their origin, race or religion are treated as equals before the law and respecting all religious beliefs" states the Constitution of 1958. The "freedom to practice religion" has been recognised since 1905 when the loi sur la séparation de l'Église et de l'État (Law on the Separation of the Church and State) came into effect.
Pakistan forces move to clear Islamists in anti-French protests | Rfi France |