“Jonathan Miller, an elected city councilor in southern France, said a�?the mood is turning nastya�? after the country was hit by its third terror attack in 18 months. Mr Miller said: a�?Normally, it takes quite a bit to excite my neighbors under the languid southern sun, but as one horror has followed another, I am no longer taking for granted that they will put up with this much longer.
a�?An isolated immigrant population and a strident right-wing political faction in a country awash with guns has created a toxic and explosive mixture. a�?France, a nation long considered a beacon of liberty and stability, may be on the edge of something resembling a civil war.a�?
He said members at a local hunting club, who are legally entitled to carry firearms, are preparing for a bloody conflict a�� with membership quadrupling in recent months.
Mr Miller revealed: a�?I wish I could say this was just hysterical exaggeration. But the evidence does not support complacency. a�?The new members are not all motivated by the love of shooting sports. Benoit, a local olive farmer who owns more than a dozen rifles, pistols and shotguns, as well as an AK-47 assault rifle, admitted to me this weekend something much darker.A�a�?a�?Theya��re getting ready for a war,a�� he said.a�?”