France 'concerned' about Lebanon stability

25th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

France said Tuesday it was worried about the stability of Lebanon after violent protests erupted there over the appointment of a Hezbollah-backed candidate to head the new government.

"As Lebanon falls prey to violent protests, France wishes to express its concern for the stability of the country," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters.

"All forms of violence should be avoided. France calls on all sides for calm and restraint," he said.

The appointment as premier of Najib Mikati has angered many Lebanese, including Sunnis.

They see it as an attempt by the Shiite party to impose its will on Lebanon, which has been plunged into political turmoil over a UN probe into the murder of premier Saad Hariri's father.

© 2011 AFP

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