On September 27, French President Emmanuel Macron reprimanded Lebanon’s leaders for serving their own interests before their country and promised to push ahead efforts to prevent chaos.
During his address to a news conference in Paris, President Macron said, “I am ashamed of Lebanon’s political leaders. The leaders did not want, clearly and resolutely, to respect the commitments made to France and the international community. They decided to betray this commitment.”
Macron, for the first time, specifically questioned the role of the heavily-armed Hezbollah and the influence of Iran. He also called on the group to lift its ambiguity on the political arena.
“Hezbollah can’t be at the same time an army at war with Israel, an unrestrained militia against civilians in Syria and a respectable party in Lebanon,” he said, adding, “Is it really a political party or does it proceed just in a logic dictated by Iran, and its terrorist forces? I want us to see if in the next few weeks something is possible. I’m not naive.”