Patrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, told members of the French parliamentary commission: “We are on the brink of civil war.”
He said that the situation in France is on such a knife edge that it could just take one more major Islamist terror attack to lead to a huge right-wing backlash.
Speaking to the leading French newspaper, Le Figaro, Mr Calvar said: “This confrontation I think it will take place.
“Even another one or two attacks and it will happen. It therefore behooves us to anticipate and block all these groups.”
He said that he feared an inevitable confrontation between the far right and Muslims poses more of a threat than terrorism.
He said: “There will be a confrontation between the far right and the Muslim world.”
It is not clear to me how the French government plans to suppress the French right wing.