The big headlines that followed a speech by Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab, according to which “Lebanon is facing a social explosion in a matter of days,” did not particularly impress Anne Grillo, the French ambassador in Beirut.
Diab had summoned foreign ambassadors to a special emergency meeting, at which he voiced his plea for saving Lebanon, while at the same time accusing the international community of laying siege to the country. He was apparently expecting international solidarity and a swift commitment to extricate his country from the crisis that has been strangling it for two years. But Grillo, the representative of the country that has done more than any other to help Lebanon, couldn’t restrain herself. Right after the host finished talking, she clarified to him what was the source of Lebanon’s troubles.