May 18, 2021

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8 officers to be fired from the French army for threatening a coup against Macron

8 officers to be fired from the French army for threatening a coup against Macron

Eighteen officers are expected to be kicked out of the French army after they reportedly threatened to take over sixteen control of the country in an attempted coup.

Leaving the officials “rebelled”, the proposal stated that urgent action was needed to fight the radical Islamists or there would be “thousands of deaths”.

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18 officers threatened a coup against Macron to fight radical IslamistsCredit: EPA
General François Lecointre (pictured left) said he was `` absolutely rebellious '' for their conduct towards the president (pictured right)

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General François Lecointre (pictured left) said he was “ absolutely rebellious ” for their conduct towards the president (pictured right)Credit: EPA

They join thousands of retired military officials who have already signed an open letter warning that France was heading for “civil war”.

Macron’s government condemned the letter as an “outrage” and compared it to the failed coup against President de Gaulle 60 years ago.

However, it forms a growing concern in France over ISIS-related terrorist attacks and what some see as a breakdown of the nation’s age-old ideals.

The beheading of teacher Samuel Paty last year sparked mass protests for free speech and a government crackdown on “separatists”.

This latest incident broke out by the French Chief of Defense, General François Lecointre, was “utterly disgusted” by their conduct of military professionals.

“I hope their automatic withdrawal is decided,” General Lecointre told the Parisien newspaper.

“This is an exceptional procedure, which we are initiating immediately at the request of the Minister of the Armed Forces”.

He added: “At the end of this procedure, it is the President of the Republic who signs an expulsion decree”.

The soldiers behind the letter were allegedly anti-immigration activists with racist views and strong ties to the far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally).

The lead petitioner was Christian Piquemal, 80, who commanded the French Foreign Legion before losing his privileges as a retired officer after being arrested while taking part in an anti-Islam rally in 2016.

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