| 26 November 2022, Saturday |

France rushing a full-fledged government, and wondering about parliament’s ability to legislate

For the past few days, the French Ambassador, Anne Grillo’s tours were remarkable, and drew attention to a number of political figures, most notably the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, the leader of the independence movement, Michel Moawad, and the leader of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea. It is certain that the Ghrillo tour that she wanted after the parliamentary elections, will not be limited to Christian parties, but will include all the forces represented in the parliament. Leaked information about the French ambassador’s reconnaissance meetings, reveals that France fears a vacuum at the governmental level, and the first concern is to form a full-fledged government without any conditions on the basis that the existence of a government is better than vacuum, amid fear of lack of productivity of the caretaker government, especially in the dire circumstances Lebanon is experiencing on the economic and living levels. Sources have revealed that France will not intervene this time in the Lebanese mud, and it is not concerned with the outcome, meaning it will not interfere, as last time, in proposing names and trying to bring the forces together, as happened first with Mustafa Adeeb and then with Najib Mikati, and therefore it does not care about the name of the designated president, but rather the important thing is that a government be formed. In this context, it has become confirmed that binding parliamentary consultations will not take place this week, and their date could be next week, due to the impact of the bazaar that opened regarding the name of the candidate for prime minister, and Bassil’s insistence on the integrated basket of the agreement before proceeding with consultations. What emerged from Anne Greu’s meetings also raised questions in France about the ability of the current parliament, with its new composition, to pass the legislation and laws required to start reforms, complete the recovery plan, and finalize the agreement with the International Monetary Fund. Whoever met Anne Greu confirms that there will be no visit by the French President to Lebanon in the near term, and talking about a special conference for Lebanon under French auspices does not seem accurate, but on the other hand, it can be said that France is the only country that is still interested in the Lebanese file, amid the preoccupation of European and Western countries with the Ukrainian, and perhaps Lebanon, is at the last of the priorities at the moment.

  • Sawt Beirut International