France plans to join the United States in sanctioning Gebran Bassil


France is considering sanctioning the president of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil, Reuters reported.

A senior European official told Reuters that France aimed to sanction Bassil, who was sanctioned by the United States in November 2020.

The news comes amid anticipation of EU sanctions against Lebanese politicians involved in the political stalemate Lebanon has been going through since the resignation of its last government in August 2020.

The criteria for these sanctions are probably corruption and hindering efforts to form a government, in addition to financial mismanagement and human rights violations, according to the same source.

Sanctions can include asset freezes and travel bans. France, spearheading efforts to end the Lebanese political crisis, has already started imposing travel bans on some Lebanese officials linked to corruption.

In his talks with Lebanese officials in Beirut on Saturday, EU senior official Josep Borell said the EU was ready to support Lebanon after the reforms were implemented.

If all else fails, the bloc should impose sanctions to put more pressure on the Lebanese leadership.


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