Many observers believe that the visit of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Lebanon reflects the height of French embarrassment and anger, resulting from the inability of the political forces to conclude a settlement to produce a rescue government included in the French initiative, launched by President Emmanuel Macron in September 2020 after he visited Lebanon twice after The Beirut Port blast took place on August 4, 2020, with Le Drian with him.
Within less than a year, the French Foreign Minister visited Lebanon 4 times to urge the authorities to implement reforms in exchange for the allocations of the International Cedar Conference held in Paris (April 2018), but his fourth visit shipped with a strong message about his country’s approach to deal firmly with those who They obstruct the formation of the government. Read also A new crisis in Lebanon .. The cessation of a judge’s hand investigating the smuggling of money sparks a debate about the causes and intentions Hassan Diab: There is a political decision to besiege Lebanon, and corruption in it is stronger than the state Reflects the tension between Aoun and Hariri … a sharp judicial dispute over financial transfers outside Lebanon
Officially, Le Drian’s meetings yesterday, Thursday, were limited to meeting with President Michel Aoun and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, then Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri went to meet him at night, and the one meeting did not last more than 40 minutes, without making statements after that.
On Friday morning, the National Information Agency quoted Minister Le Drian as saying in press statements that “the sanctions – recently announced against those who obstruct the formation of the government – are only the beginning of the road in the path of strict sanctions,” and that “France will call on the international community to pressure the holding of parliamentary elections.” In a timely manner, “stressing that” the Lebanese officials did not abide by the pledges they made to the French president. “