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.”