Is France Involved In Lebanon’s Government Formation?

Since ’s independence from the French Mandate in 1943, and have often enjoyed quite a mutually “friendly” relationship, with having had a certain influence in ’s political system that was initially modeled after the French’s Third Republic. 

The two nations have a long political history that dates back to the First World War.

In 1920, soon after the end of World War I, the League of Nations mandated that would be administered by after the Partition of the Ottoman Empire, and became officially part of the French colonial empire of that time.

From November 1929 to November 1931, Charles de Gaulle was posted as General Staff of the Levant Troops in .

During the , was an active member in the creation of the Interim Force in and voted in favor of numerous UN Resolutions regarding .

was also a member of the Multinational Force in . In 1982, during Operation Épaulard I, headquartered from the International Airport, French Armed Forces and Paratroopers were sent to the coastal parts of West and the seaport to ensure peace in those regions.

Between 1982 and 1984, was tasked with training ’s Armed Forces. During that same period, France lost more than 89 soldiers out of which 58 French Paratroopers were killed in the 1983 barracks bombings.

In more recent news, in light of Lebanon’s ongoing revolution as well as the quite popular “void” Lebanon has entered in politically, “high-level diplomatic sources” have reportedly told Lebanese newspaper and online news platform Al Joumhouria
that France is now “involved” in Lebanon’s government formation.

According to this source, French President will send to Lebanon Christophe Varno, the Director-General of the MENA region at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to “speed up and mediate” Lebanon’s struggle toward its new government formation.

The Al Joumhouria’s source went on to state that “France cannot simply sit back and watch what is going on without attempting to bring perspectives together, and facilitate the ongoing discussions, in order for the Lebanese government to resume its operation successfully.”

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reportedly already arranged for Varno’s meetings in Lebanon, which include meeting with the Lebanese President, as well as with the Former Lebanese Prime Minister and with the Lebanese Head of Parliament.

With Lebanese people protesting in demand of a government they have a say in, let us hope foreign intervention will only take place in order to “mediate” things and not dictate them.


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