On Tuesday, France’s foreign ministry announced it was discussing with allies the possibility of imposing consequences on those hindering efforts to resolve Lebanon’s constitutional deadlock.
Lebanon has lacked a head of state since ex-President Michel Aoun’s term ended in October, intensifying the institutional crisis in a nation grappling with one of the world’s worst economic disasters.
Last month, representatives from France, the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar convened in Paris to address Lebanon’s political deadlock.
However, the meeting didn’t result in clear support for any presidential candidate, according to insiders.
Two diplomats mentioned that Paris proposed the idea of EU sanctions targeting Lebanese leaders, but they emphasized it wasn’t the primary focus.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre urged Lebanese authorities and political leaders to resolve the constitutional impasse, stating that those obstructing progress could face consequences.
In 2021, the European Union established a legal framework for a sanctions regime targeting Lebanese individuals and entities.
However, it hasn’t been utilized, and the political and economic crisis has worsened.
When asked if Paris was prepared to enforce sanctions now, Legendre confirmed ongoing consultations with partners, adding that they were examining the situation to determine the best course of action.