Journalist and political analyst Youssef Diab said that the visit of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Lebanon and his meeting with representatives of the revolution is a clear French message that Paris is no longer dependent on the current political class.
Diab added – in his interview to the episode (5/6/2021) of the “Beyond the News” program – that the French minister urged the Lebanese people to push for change through the upcoming parliamentary elections, and the short visits of the head of state and the speaker of parliament are evidence of the French reluctance towards the political elite. Lebanese.
He added that the French initiative is the only one proposed for a solution in Lebanon, and there is no alternative to it despite its weakness resulting from France’s laxity in some conditions, and the vision of the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah that it has volunteered in their favor, considering that President Michel Aoun is the one who is obstructing the formation of the government after he presented it. It has Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held separate talks in Beirut with President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, within the framework of the French initiative to support the formation of a new government in Lebanon.
For his part, Professor of Political Science at the American University of Paris, Dr. Ziad Majed, said that the French minister’s visit to Beirut aims to inform Lebanese politicians that Paris will withdraw its initiative on a solution and proceed with the option of sanctions against those obstructing the political process and the formation of the government.
Majed added that the French visit was late, and that the Paris initiative lost a large part of its credibility, because it dealt with the same political class that brought the country to where it is now, revealing that the reasons for the short time of the President and the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament by the French Minister came from the door Diplomatic decency only, not to get them to speed up the solution.
He added that the French initiative surrendered to the Lebanese internal viewer, and the problem in the first degree lies in the Lebanese political class that wants to obtain the obstructing third in the government, or obstruct its formation.
In turn, the Research Coordinator at the Institute for Future Studies, Michel Abu Negm, said that there is a problem in translating the French role, and how to preserve its interests in Lebanon, amid the rapid regional and international changes, and the French minister’s meeting with some components of civil society in an attempt to move to Plan B, which is the push Towards holding legislative elections to preserve what remains of the form of the state.
Abu Najm added that the situation in Lebanon is subject to international and regional variables and will not result without them, as the Saudi-Iranian relations and the preparations for reconciliation between Riyadh and Damascus cast a shadow over the reality in Lebanon.