| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Le Figaro: France to impose sanctions on Lebanese politicians

More than 10 years after the outbreak of the Syrian war, Lebanon can talk about its success in preserving civil peace, but it was exposed to several dangers that led it to an unprecedented social collapse and to a political knot that France seeks to solve, in the words of the French newspaper ” Le Figaro “.

According to the newspaper, France, whose diplomatic initiative did not bear fruit in the wake of the Beirut port bombing, is planning to increase pressure, including through sanctions, and accuse the authorities of “not helping the country in danger.”

In turn, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed, last Thursday, that he will push for a new approach and approach in the coming weeks regarding Lebanon, given that the main parties in the country have not achieved progress over the past seven months to solve the economic and political crises.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Lebanese politicians of “not providing assistance” to their country, which faces the risk of “collapse” at a time when Lebanon suffers an unprecedented economic and social crisis.

“I might be tempted to say that Lebanese political officials are not helping a country that faces risks, all of them whatever,” Le Drian told reporters, denouncing the failure of the political class to address the threat of the country’s “collapse”.

Macron, who visited Lebanon twice since the explosion in Beirut, tried to no avail until now to push for the formation of a government ready to carry out structural reforms to get Lebanon out of its political and social crisis, while the international group prepared an aid plan attached to some conditions, including the formation of a new government in the country.

In a related context, the newspaper considered that the fate of Syria and Lebanon is still closely linked to geography and history, noting that “Lebanon is one of the main reception centers for Syrian refugees, who represent nearly a quarter of its population, and constitute a heavy burden, especially in light of the current economic situation.” .

The newspaper pointed out that “Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria and its strategic affiliation with Iran is one of the most prominent components of the Lebanese crisis, in addition to its role in fueling sectarian tensions between the Lebanese, whose spark could erupt, especially after the Special Court for Lebanon convicted a member of the party for the crime of assassinating the Prime Minister.” Former Rafik Hariri.

Regarding the visit of a delegation from Hezbollah for the first time since 2011 to Moscow, the French newspaper pointed out, “Russia is interested in Lebanon insofar as its stability is linked to Syria, no more