Report: France ‘Steps in’ to Unravel Government Crisis


France has reportedly stepped in to help Lebanon resolve the crisis of forming a new government in light of stalled efforts and swelling street protests against the political elite, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

High-ranking diplomatic sources told the daily that France exerts “unremitting, robust efforts” pushing towards a solution for the governmental crisis.

To this end, French President Emmanuel Macron would dispatch Christophe Farnaud, head of North Africa and Middle East department at the French foreign ministry, said the sources without giving more details.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his government's resignation on October 29 in response to pressure from nationwide protests against the political class.

The cabinet has stayed on in a caretaker capacity but efforts to form a new line-up seem to be stalling, with each faction in the outgoing coalition seeking to salvage some influence.

The World Bank on Wednesday warned that the failure to quickly form a government that meets protesters' demands could lead to an even sharper economic downturn

Comments 4
Thumb chrisrushlau 08 November 2019, 19:43

Farnaud would have one message: "Keep Hezbollah sidelined, they like it there, Arabs are not ready for democracy." Sources deep in his nasal passages reported.

Thumb whyaskwhy 08 November 2019, 22:03

ALi go play in the streets.
Its funny how um el 7anoona always comes to the support of its little sibling...

Thumb chrisrushlau 09 November 2019, 00:04

You're right, Hezbollah needs to get the Shia majority of Lebanese out on the streets.

Thumb whyaskwhy 09 November 2019, 00:34

Glad your finally listening Ali no go play....