– The French Army is going to sanction active military who signed a disputed platform calling for an action against what they consider to be a risk of “civil war” in the country, announced the Chief of the General Staff, General François Lecointre.
In an interview with the newspaper “Le Parisien”, Lecointre points out that the 18 soldiers will be subjected to a disciplinary council and “will receive sanctions”, including expulsion, and that his objective is that these measures are “stronger” for those who occupy higher in the hierarchy positions. .
“The neutrality of the Armies is essential”, he affirms, before assuring that he feels “indignant”, since the institution “is not politicized”.
The military chief recalled the active signatories represent a minimum figure compared to the 210,000 troops that the French Armed Forces currently have.
The opinion column, published last week in the conservative magazine “Valeurs Actuelles”, was signed by a score of generals, a hundred high command and more than a thousand soldiers, practically all in the reserve.
The text assured that “France is in danger” of “disintegration”, even of “civil war” due to the “growing chaos” in different areas of the country, especially in urban neighborhoods. The signatories assured that they are “willing to support policies that take into consideration the safeguarding of the nation.”
The leader of the far-right National Grouping, Marine Le Pen, was quick to take the opportunity to ask for the support of those soldiers for her candidacy in the presidential elections next year.
The Government has condemned the column “contrary to the principles of the Republic”, but has also criticized Le Pen’s “unacceptable” attempt to take advantage politically, as Prime Minister Jean Castex recalled yesterday.
The column was published on the sixtieth anniversary of the so-called “Algiers coup”, in which four generals opposed to the independence of Algeria tried to confront the policy on that then French colony of the Government, with General Charles de Gaulle as president.
However, General Lecointre emphatically points out that he “by no means” does he see in this coincidence an appeal to sedition: “There is no such temptation.”
The French Chief of Staff also assures that there is “no” an increase in extreme right-wing radicalization in the military ranks. He explains that the latest internal investigations found about fifty suspects, of which measures were taken against thirty. EFE