Hezbollah Beirut 370.
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PARIS – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced late Wednesday that
France is now proposing that Hezbollah be added to the European Union list of
According to an official at the Quai d’Orsay,
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that his country wants to add “the military
branch” of the pro- Iranian Shi’ite movement in Lebanon. The action was taken,
he said, “taking into account Hezbollah’s decisions.”
apparently alluding to the growing involvement of Hezbollah on the side of the
Assad regime in the Syrian conflict.
According to Le Figaro
initiative came originally from London. The British government proposed this
step in a letter to its European partners at the beginning of the week. UK Prime
Minister David Cameron also raised the issue in his talks with President
François Hollande on Wednesday at the Elysée Palace, but without getting any
immediate answer from the French President.
Following a Bulgarian
commission’s findings of Hezbollah involvement in the attack in Burgas on July
18 last year, which killed six – five of whom were Israeli tourists – the
British have demanded a “robust collective answer” by the Europeans.
the UK the military branch of Hezbollah is already included on the national list
of terrorist organizations, but in order to successfully hinder Hezbollah
activities in Europe, a pan- European decision is needed.
source in Paris explained to The Jerusalem Post
that until now France has been
hesitant to take steps against Hezbollah because of French “interests” in
Lebanon, where 870 French troops are stationed who might become the target for
“The distinction between the military branch and
other branches of Hezbollah is stupid,” claimed this diplomat.
in Netanya on Wednesday, former president Nicolas Sarkozy said: “It would be
right that Hezbollah should be on the list of terrorist organizations of the
French media compared the terrorist attack in London
this Thursday to the one that occurred in Toulouse
in the south of France in
Mathieu Guidere, a professor of Islamic studies at Toulouse
University, explained to Le Parisien that “there is a new al-Qaida strategy to
attack symbolic targets such as soldiers, policemen, intelligence services
agents, to film the action and then put it on the Web.”
“The doctrine was
published on the Web after the [Mohamed] Merah affair,” Guidere said.