Thanks very much for reading the article in the very first place- and a greater thanks for leaving a comment.

I think that we are all getting caught up in semantics- what lies at the heart of this current impasse in France is the presence of Muslims.

When France was an occupying power in Algeria with the pied noirs- it didn't matter then.

The far right sympathies of serving and retired officers are a major point of concern, which threatens to undermine french democracy.

The possibility of a military takeover, whether we choose to accept it or not, is what France has got to deal with.

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