True the French President Emmanuel Macron had been given an icy reception
when he visited Riyadh, but he has now at last secured the liberation of
the Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri. The latter had been detained with
his family in Saudi Arabia.

After the United States and Russia had got Saudi Arabia to reconsider the
rational basis for its decision, France officially invited Mr Hariri and
his family to Paris. It would appear that Saudi Arabia has accepted this

To save King Salman’s face, France, making yet another about turn,
immediately repeated anti-Iranian positions.

Anoosha Boralessa