– Decorated French General Stripped of Military Privileges For Involvement in PEGIDA Protest:
A decorated and highly regarded French General has been stripped of his office due to his involvement in a proscribed protest organised by Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) earlier this year.
General Christian Piquemal, 75, a former paratrooper and commander of the French Foreign Legion, was fined €500 in May this year for taking part in a PEGIDA demonstration in Calais the previous February. The protest had come at a time of heightened tensions between the people of Calais and migrants living in the nearby Jungle camp, which had led to a ban on demonstrations in the town.
Official portrait of General Christian Piquemal as commander of the French Foreign Legion / http://en.legion-etrangere.com
Ignoring the prohibition, the General addressed the crowd leading to his arrest – an event which led to uproar in France as the Foreign Legion is highly regarded among French patriots. Continue reading »
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