ER Editor: See this that we published earlier this week – French Military Issue a Stern Warning to Macron &Co. See also this piece of today by Zerohedge, titled Paris Mayor Backs Military Chiefs Who Threatened To Seize Control From Macron Over Inaction On Radical Islam. Paris has as many mayors as it has ‘arrondissements’ or municipalities within the city (20 in all). This ‘Paris mayor’ is Rachida Dati, an influential member of the centre-right party, Les Republicains, who is mayor of the 7th arrondissement, a tony area. Of note:
A Paris Mayor who was raised in a devout Muslim household by Algerian immigrant parents threw her support behind a controversial letter by current and former military chiefs who said that if nothing is done about the “laxist” policies on radical Islam, it would require “the intervention of our comrades on active duty in a perilous mission of protection of our civilizational values.”
“What is written in this letter is a reality,” Mayor Rachida Dati of Paris’ 7th arrondissement told France Info radio. “When you have a country plagued by urban guerrilla warfare, when you have a constant and high terrorist threat, when you have increasingly glaring and flagrant inequalities … we cannot say that the country is doing well.“
The Fear of a Coup d’Etat Takes Hold of the Caste
After the op-ed of the military republished by Valeurs Actuelles last week, the fear of a coup d’état is beginning to reach the ruling caste. Florence Parly announced that 18 active military personnel who had signed the text would be struck off. In the meantime, it seems that the op-ed has received more than 8,000 signatures. The situation could very well escape the executive power and no one knows what chaos it could lead to. In any case, it is the great political surprise of the spring.
The fear of a coup seems to have invaded a government obviously taken by a sudden panic in front of a piece which it seems to have become aware of late, and which has inspired in it a clumsy reaction. After 15 days of passivity (the article was published in mid-April), and under the impact of media coverage, the executive is coming out of the woodwork by castigating the signatories and denouncing their membership in the ‘extreme right’. But this reaction is probably a tactical error.
The caste brutally represses the ‘supporters of the coup’
After 15 days of torpor, the sanctions fall. Florence Parly announced yesterday the removal of 18 active military personnel who signed the text. This decision is “followed” by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Lecointre, but with an infinite number of nuances that leave one wondering about the unity of the executive branch in its entry into a syringe from which it could only emerge painfully.
In particular, General Lecointre states:
Beyond that, I challenge all of them, in particular General Piquemal who has already been disbarred, to make political commitments by putting forward their rank.
To reduce the tribune to a “political commitment” is a curious formulation…
Protest grows in the army
While the government seeks to regain control over a process that has escaped it, the offending forum continues to collect new signatures. They were a thousand at the beginning of the week. They are now more than 8,000. The government is undertaking a census of the signatories who are still active.
The success of this text raises serious questions about the government’s repressive response. Clearly, a rift has opened between the troops who denounce the laxity of the ruling caste in the face of the disintegration of the country, and the caste itself, which seems surprisingly more indulgent with “minorities” than with the defenders of the nation.
Two open questions on the substance
The turn of events in this case raises two major questions.
The first is the capacity of the caste to listen to the questioning, probably in the majority in French society, about the response to what is widely called Cancel Culture, which is the globalist culture of the deconstruction of the West. It is not certain that massively and with a wave of the hand putting it in the camp of the extreme right is an answer at the height of the expectations.
The second question is that of the capacity of the caste to hear the depth of the rejection to which it is subjected. This inability to question itself could play an ugly trick on it.
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