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French FM says some Lebanese politicians banned from France over failure to form government

Lebanon has been without a Cabinet since last year, and France does not want to provide the country much-needed aid until economic reforms are implemented.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian shakes hands with a French soldier of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon during a visit to the contingent headquarters in the southern village of Deir Kifa, Lebanon, April 20, 2015.

The French foreign minister said today that France has blocked some Lebanese politicians from entering the European country due to alleged corruption. His comments follow continued political deadlock in Lebanon.

“At the national level, we’ve started implementing restrictive measures as regards to access to French territory against figures involved in the current political deadlock or involved in corruption,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a press conference in Malta, according to a French Foreign Ministry press release.

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