IslamNews – France and the European Union are putting together proposals that could see asset freezes and travel bans imposed on Lebanese politicians to push them finally to agree on a government to rescue their country from economic collapse.
“Concrete proposals are being developed against the very people who have abandoned the general interest in favor of their personal interests,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers on Tuesday.
“If certain political actors don’t assume their responsibilities, we won’t hesitate to assume ours.”
Two diplomats said Le Drian’s staff were investigating how the European Union could set up a sanctions regime involving travel bans and asset freezes.
At an EU foreign ministers’ meeting on March 22, he also asked EU High Representative Josep Borrell to work on an options paper, a senior EU member state diplomat in Brussels said.
“The French got the message across to officials here about the possibility of sanctions … but so far it lacks teeth,” a senior Lebanese political source said.