After the publication of a political forum of many soldiers, including 20 generals, and the response of Marine Le Pen in Current values, many left-wing figures expressed their indignation. Some denounce “factious”.
On April 24, part of the left criticized the publication in Current values a platform of several soldiers, including 20 generals, evoking “the disintegration” of France.
The newspaper published on April 21 this tribune launched by Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, career officer and head of the Place Armes site, calling on Macron to defend patriotism, signed by “twenty generals, a hundred senior officers and more of a thousand other soldiers ”, according to the weekly.
These soldiers denounce the “disintegration” which, according to them, is affecting the country. Their text then sets out a number of reasons for this situation: “A certain anti-racism is displayed with a single goal: to create on our soil a malaise, even hatred between communities. […] Discrimination which, with Islamism and the suburban hordes, leads to the detachment of multiple plots of the nation to transform them into territories subject to dogmas contrary to our constitution […] Disintegration, because […] the authorities use the police as auxiliary agents and scapegoats in the face of French people in yellow vests expressing their despair ”.
“We are ready to support policies which will take into consideration the safeguard of the nation”, they add.
Two days later, Current values published a response from Marine Le Pen: “I invite you to join our action to take part in the battle that is beginning […] which is above all the battle for France ”.
“As a citizen and as a politician, I subscribe to your analyzes and share your grief,” she wrote.
The left wind standing against the tribune
What to provoke the ire of several figures of the left, who denounced the lack of reaction of the government.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of La France insoumise (LFI) for the presidential election of 2022, lambasted the military and declared on Twitter: “Unacceptable silence of the president, head of the armed forces, on the text of the factions of Current values and the appeal by Marine Le Pen. We are working to form a front to take legal action. ”
Unacceptable silence from the President, head of the armed forces, on the text of the factions of Valeurs Actuelles and the appeal of Marine Le Pen. We are working to form a front to take legal action.
– Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) April 24, 2021
Benoît Hamon, former Socialist Party presidential candidate, also expressed his indignation on social networks: “60 years after the start of the ‘Algiers coup’, 20 generals are explicitly threatening the Republic with a military coup . ”
“The soldiers call for a witch hunt, an eradication, to defend” civilizational values ”against the Republic, it ends with a threat of civil war, Le Pen salutes these factious apprentices and? Nothing. Shall we wake up? ”Added LFI deputy Eric Coquerel.
Soldiers call for a witch hunt, an eradication, to defend “civilizational values” in opposition to the Republic, it ends with a threat of civil war, Le Pen salutes these factious apprentices and? Nothing. We’re waking up? https://t.co/1oyTSkbbf3
– Eric Coquerel (@ericcoquerel) April 24, 2021
Pierre Laurent, former national secretary of the French Communist Party, calls for a response from the courts: “I solemnly request that the newspaper Current values and the 20 generals who signed a call for military intervention be prosecuted and condemned by the courts. “
PROPOSALS WORTHY OF THE OAS, FROM A TIME THAT WE THOUGHT NO LIVE.
I solemnly ask that the newspaper @ValeursActuelles and the 20 generals who signed a call for military intervention be prosecuted and condemned by the courts.@PCF@senateursCRCEpic.twitter.com/DzmkMcR6dw
– Pierre Laurent (@plaurent_pcf) April 24, 2021
MP Aurélien Taché also reacted by declaring that “French democracy is indeed threatened”.
The previous week, Current values had published a column by Philippe de Villiers titled “I call for insurrection”. His brother, Pierre de Villiers, former chief of staff of the armed forces, is regularly cited as a possible presidential candidate in 2022.