France tries to resolve political crisis in Lebanon

The Economist Intelligence Unit has a new briefing looking at French efforts to subdue political tensions in Lebanon.

“France, the former colonial overlord of Lebanon and Syria, is pulling out all the diplomatic stops in a bid to resolve the crisis over the election of a new Lebanese president. A stream of high-level French envoys have visited Beirut and Damascus over the past few weeks, in pursuit of a deal that would ward off the threat of Lebanon sliding back into civil war. Critical to the success of this endeavour will be the reaction of Syria to the incentives that have been, at least implicitly, offered in return for its co-operation.”

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