France says wants to avoid 'escalation' between Lebanon and Israel


France hopes to avoid "an escalation" on the border between Israel and Lebanon, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces reiterated on Monday in Tel Aviv, where he met political figures including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"No one, neither in Tel Aviv, nor in Jerusalem, nor in Beirut, wants war. (...) The real challenge for us is to ensure that this escalation, which may seem inevitable, does not happen," declared Sébastien Lecornu in an interview with AFP.

The priority, according to him, is to implement the U.N. Resolution 1701 so “that one party does not shoot at the other side of the border and that the other side (...) does not retaliate with the risk of escalation”.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 conflict, called for all armed personnel to pull back north of the Litani River, except for United Nations peacekeepers and Lebanese state security forces.

The Israeli army says Hezbollah attacks "violate U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701" while Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Lebanon was ready to implement international resolutions if Israel also complied and withdrew from disputed territory.

Comments 3
Missing phillipo 23 January 2024, 13:22

I would just love to see PM Mikati trying to move Hizballah back across the Litani.
When was the last time that Lebanese and Israeli negotiators sat down face to face to try and solve the problems of the disputed territories?
Isn't it about time that the Government of the Republic of Lebanon remembered the famous long time saying "Peace you make with your enemies, not with your friends".

Thumb 23 January 2024, 18:33

Until the conclusion of 2023, France maintained a longstanding practice of procuring raw Uranium from Niger at a rate of 80 cents Kg, significantly below the prevailing market price of 200€/Kg. This economic relationship underscored a historical presence, as French influence in Niger dates back to 1896, marked by a continuous military and strategic engagement.

This extended period of French involvement in Niger raises questions about its intentions and motivations, especially when juxtaposed with the analogous actions of the Zionist neighbors engaged in destabilizing the region. Furthermore, the historical context emphasizes the need to scrutinize such relationships, particularly when they exhibit patterns reminiscent of regional destabilization efforts by other nations. The situation calls for a comprehensive evaluation of France's role in Africa and our Middle East.

Thumb 23 January 2024, 18:34