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Christian Piquemal, stripped of his privileges by army leaders

Piquemal, 80, a former Foreign Legion general, leads the signers of the enraged letter to Emmanuel Macron.

His privileges as a retired officer were taken from him after he was arrested in 2016 at an anti-immigration rally in Calais.

Members of the anti-Islamic Pegida movement were also present.

Christian Piquemal speaks at a meeting in Calais in 2016. The meeting was attended by Pegida, an anti-Islam movement that originated in Germany.

Piquemal denied knowing Pegida would be there and denied that his protest was racist.

The general is said to have been the de facto leader of the meeting, but was later acquitted by a judge, while others were fined.

Piquemal, who retired in 2000, was deprived of the right to wear the uniform and lost his officer’s ID card. However, his rank was not revoked.

Emmanuel de Richoufftz, ‘general of the suburbs’

A graduate of the prestigious Saint-Cyr military school founded by Napoleon, De Richoufftz served as aide-de-camp to French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy from 1981 to 1984.

He served in Iraq, Africa and Bosnia.

He is known as the ‘General of the Suburbs’ after writing a book in 1992 called Another Late War.

Children celebrate the visit of the French General Emmanuel De Richoufftz during his visit to Sakassou in central Ivory Coast in August 2003

Children celebrate the visit of the French General Emmanuel De Richoufftz during his visit to Sakassou in central Ivory Coast in August 2003

The general tried to draw the public’s attention to “real ghettos on the outskirts of cities” and warned that action was needed to integrate underprivileged youth.

He represented Marine Le Pen’s National Rally Party in local elections in Le Grau-du-Roi in 2019.

Last year, he dropped Le Pen’s party to join Debout la France (‘France Arise’), a right-wing Eurosceptic party.

Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, former police chief and Yellow Vest activist

Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, former police chief

Jean-Pierre Fabre-Bernadac, former police chief

Fabre-Bernadac is the manager of the Place Armes website which is “open to all retired, active and reserve servicemen who love France and realize that France is on the verge”.

In 2018, he took part in yellow vest protests against Macron’s government.

In a recent radio performance, Fabre-Bernadac complained about the ‘omerta’ surrounding the immigration issue and claimed that murders and assaults by migrants did not receive media attention.

He called it a “terrible double standard.”

In another recent media appearance, he said, “The French don’t trust politicians, but they trust the military.”

Antoine Martinez, former Air Force General

Martinez was also embroiled in the furor over the Calais rally that Piquemal staged in 2016.

He hosts the website Volunteers for France.

In a video filmed last November for the Volunteers for France YouTube channel, Martinez described how the coronavirus crisis masked what he said was the most pressing issue of Islamic radicalization.

He wrote in an accompanying article: “There is really no point in projecting our soldiers into external theaters to protect us, if our leaders give up calling the enemy despite the evidence and fight him on our territory. ‘

Antoine Martinez, former Air Force General

Antoine Martinez, former Air Force General

Francois Gaubert, associate of Le Pen

Francois Gaubert

Gaubert, 77, another graduate of the elite Saint-Cyr officer training course, spent four decades in the Navy doing operations abroad, including in Africa, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, in Berlin after the fall of the Wall, and in Sarajevo , at the end of the war in Bosnia.

He retired in 2002.

He joined Front National in December 2012 and was a candidate in municipal elections in Montpellier.

In 2015 he was elected councilor.

Today he is a councilor of the National Rally in Occitanie.

The 20 Generals:

Christian Piquemal, Gilles Barrie, François Gaubert, Emmanuel de Richoufftz, Michel Joslin de Noray, André Coustou, Philippe Desrousseaux de Medrano, Antoine Martinez, Daniel Grosmaire, Robert Jeannerod, Pierre Dominique Aigueperse, Roland Dubois, Dominique Delawarde, Jean Claude Grolier, Norbert de Cacqueray, Roger Prigent, Alfred Lebreton, Guy Durand and Gérard Balastre.

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