France has sent a letter to President Emmanuel Macron warning that the country is not ready to allow him to impose a constitutional referendum on his controversial decree.
The country has been divided between the center-left and right since the country’s former socialist president Francois Hollande was forced from office in 2016 by the military coup that removed his government from power.
The military seized power in an armed takeover in January 2017, after a coup attempt by the left-wing populist Marine Le Pen.
The constitution allows the president to hold a referendum on whether to change the constitution.
However, that was ruled illegal by the European Court of Human Rights in April 2018.
Macron’s government, which is now in a coalition with Le Pen’s National Front, has threatened to hold the referendum in the coming weeks.
It said in a statement on Wednesday that Macron’s declaration that France is ready for the referendum was a provocation aimed at undermining confidence in the rule of law and democracy and a threat to the security of the Republic.
It added that Macron was sending a letter in the form of a letter of request to the French government on Tuesday that will ask it to suspend all legal proceedings against the National Front leader.
The French government has threatened that it will block any attempt to hold such a referendum.
In its letter, the French ambassador to Washington, Pascal Lefebvre, said Macron’s threat to hold another referendum was intended to destabilize French society.
Lefebvr told The Associated Press that the threat to “reform” the Constitution, which the U.S. has condemned as a “dictatorship” since its adoption in 1949, was “in reality an effort to discredit the French people.”