On Tuesday, an open letter asked French President Emmanuel Macron to retrieve the suspicious assets of Lebanese officials in Freeze France to dismantle a “political and economic mafia” die Lebanon in Brought down crisis and misery.
Macron had called for radical change in Lebanon after the devastating bombing of the port of Beirut and expressed his anger over the lack of change at a time when in who still has the land in The political stalemate caught with the deterioration of the economy, finance and life is crisis.
Analysts said sanctions like an asset freeze could be the most effective way for Paris to take pressure off die Lebanon’s political class, although France has not yet publicly expressed its willingness to take such a measure.
In which signed by more than 100 Lebanese civil society figures and in The letter published in the French newspaper Le Monde states that Macron should issue instructions “to implement the legal mechanism to freeze assets of questionable origin, die in France belong to Lebanese political and economic leaders. “.”
“The political and economic mafia is responsible for misery, and hunger die Insecurity that many Lebanese suffer from, “she added.
The letter indicated that such legal process was based on the precedent of freezing illegal assets in France must be based for some African leaders and the former Vice President of the Syrian regime, Rifat al-Assad.
The letter stated that “this widespread corruption has contributed significantly to the enrichment of Lebanese political leaders” by die Treasury emptied and die Aid sent after the Civil War was fraudulently confiscated.
The letter was signed by doctors, lawyers, journalists and activists, including university professor Karim Emile Bitar, former Lebanese minister of culture, former envoy of the United Nations in Libya, Ghassan Salame, and resigned MP Paula Yacoubian.
The letter was prepared after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared in March that “die The time has come “to increase international pressure on Lebanon to form a government.
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun have not been able to agree on a new government despite several months, while Lebanon is suffering from the worst economic crisis in its modern history.
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