France Attempt to Solve Lebanese Crisis, Analyst Calls it “risky bet”

Following the sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier this month, France has begun to make efforts towards resolving the country’s political crisis, a move which analysts have called a “risky bet”.

  • France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to meet with Hariri in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
  • Analysts say Paris may have made a “risky bet” by getting involved in the ongoing diplomatic turmoil over Hariri’s fate, which has pit Saudi Arabia against its regional rival, Iran, and Tehran’s ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah.
  • Stephane Malsagne, a historian and professor at Sciences-Po in Paris says “As no compromise in Lebanon will pass without an agreement between Riyadh and Tehran, Paris is looking to deal with both.”