John Keiger John Keiger

France’s military wages war on Macron’s values

Macron has not responded to the letter, despite being the titular head of the armed forces. (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

On 21 April 1961 France’s most senior generals staged a putsch in French Algiers, still an integral part of France. The military coup was in reaction to the policies of the president of the Republic, General de Gaulle, and his belated decision to abandon Algeria to independence. The generals felt this betrayed their honour and that of their fallen comrades after seven years of a bloody war against Algerian ‘terrorists’ to keep Algeria French.

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