Jean Yves le Drian

EU to Adopt Sanctions Regime for Lebanon Leaders, France Says

The European Union on Monday agreed to adopt a sanctions regime for Lebanese leaders by the end of July, France said, in an effort to force a stable government to emerge from nearly a year of political chaos following the Beirut blast. "There was a moment ago a political consensus to put in place a legal sanctions framework before the end of the month, before the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Brussels after a meeting with his EU counterparts.