French troops who warned Macron of ‘brewing civil war’ must RESIGN if they put free speech over duty, army chief of staff says.
French military personnel who signed another letter to President Emmanuel Macron warning him about a supposedly impending “civil war” should resign so they can voice their concerns freely, the Armed Forces chief of staff said.
Those among the French soldiers and officers who feel the urge to make public statements about the political situation in the country can find a perfect way to defend their opinions without compromising the neutrality of the army – by resigning, said Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre.
“The most reasonable thing is certainly to leave [the army] in order to be able to make one’s ideas and convictions public in a perfectly free [way],” the general said in a letter addressing officers, non-commissioned officers, active-duty soldiers, sailors and airmen as well as reservists.
His words came as a reaction to yet another open letter – a second of its kind – signed by an unidentified number of the French military personnel. Published in the conservative Valeurs Actuelles magazine last Sunday, the missive warned top French officials about a “civil war brewing” in the country and slammed the government’s response to the first such letter, signed by 25 retired generals as well as a hundred of officers and more than a thousand of soldiers.
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