In an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, serving soldiers have warned him that the survival of France is at stake after his "concessions" to Islamism.
The letter is posted on the website of Valeurs Actuelles magazine on Sunday (9 May) and it can be signed by the public. The magazine claimed that more than 1,45,000 have signed it in a day.
"We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country," said the letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.
They wrote that “(active duty soldiers) have offered up their lives to destroy the Islamism that you have made concessions to on our soil," reports France24.
“For some religious communities, France means nothing but an object of sarcasm, contempt or even hatred. If a civil war breaks out, the military will maintain order on its own soil, civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly well,” they observed.
The French government has reacted to the open letter with severe criticism with Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin accusing the anonymous signatories of the letter of lacking "courage" while Defence Minister Florence Parly dismissing it as part of a "crude political scheme".
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