(Paris) Éric Zemmour accused the government on Sunday of having made a “coup” against its campaign director, General Bertrand de la Chesnais, whose Ministry of the Armed Forces claims that he “asks himself to be placed in the retirement “.
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Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly “shamelessly exploits our army for political purposes. She is using her to make yet another political coup against a candidate for the presidential election, ”wrote the far-right candidate in a press release.
According to Mr. Zemmour, “this request for the resignation and retirement of a general officer in 2e section (second section generals – “2 s” – are no longer part of the active army, but are still likely to be recalled, editor’s note) creates a precedent”.
Éric Zemmour observes in his press release that LREM MP Laetitia Saint-Paul is a captain in the army. He also cites several “2s” officers from different parties with political mandates, and recalls that Bertrand de la Chesnais had been a candidate for the municipal elections in Carpentras (Vaucluse), where he is now elected, without having attracted himself to the election. time of observations.
But for the ministry, “in the context of an electoral campaign, in the position which it holds, that is to say a campaign manager for a candidate in the presidential election, we consider that this discretion and this reserve, which are attached to the military status, are called into question, ”explained the spokesperson for the Ministry of the Armed Forces, Hervé Grandjean, during a press briefing on Thursday.
The spokesperson indicated that the army had written in early January to Mr. de la Chesnais to ask him “to make his status consistent with his political commitment, that is to say that he himself asks be retired”.