French generals who called for military rule if President Macron cannot stop 'Islamists' from 'disintegrating society' will be punished, government declares | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

French generals who called for military rule if President Macron cannot stop 'Islamists' from 'disintegrating society' will be punished, government declares

  • Twenty retired generals, as well as serving officers, signed the ferocious rebuke
  • Incendiary letter claims France at risk of 'disintegration' at 'hands of Islamists'
  • Defence Minister Florence Parly warned 'these are unacceptable actions'
  • She added that those serving officers who signed letter would be disciplined

Emmanuel Macron has threatened to punish generals who signed an open letter warning that the country is heading for 'civil war' because of radical Islam.

Twenty retired generals, as well as several serving soldiers, signed the letter which warned that failure to act against the 'suburban hordes' - a reference to the predominantly immigrant population of the housing estates which surround French cities - will lead to deaths 'in the thousands.'

The government strongly condemned the letter, which was published on the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d'etat by generals opposed to France granting independence to Algeria.

'These are unacceptable actions,' Defence Minister Florence Parly said Monday, adding that serving military members had flouted a law requiring them to remain politically neutral.

'There will be consequences, naturally,' Parly said, adding that she had instructed the army chief of staff to discipline them.

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