Patrick Calvar, head of French intelligence, has declared that his country is staring down the barrel of “civil war,” and that the catalyst to full-blown conflict could well be the kind of mass sexual assault by migrants that plagued Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve.
Calvar, who serves as chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, reportedly told the French parliamentary commission, “We are on the brink of civil war.”
“This confrontation, I think it will take place. Even one or two attacks and it will happen. It therefore behooves us to anticipate and block all these groups.”
The intelligence chief’s comments come on the heels of a just-leaked report that confirms 1,200 women were the victims of sexual abuse in Germany during New Year’s celebrations across the country.
According to eyewitnesses, New Year’s Eve in Germany saw widespread instances of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of Arab and North African descent.
The dire warning from a prominent member of France’s intelligence community is just the latest such expression from high-profile European security and law enforcement leaders. Many have grown noticeably concerned about huge influxes of migrants across much of the European continent. In May, Richard Dearlove, the former head of Britain’s renowned MI6 intelligence agency, similarly said that a “populist uprising” was in store for all of Europe if her nations could not gain control of the migrant crisis.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large