BEIRUT: The French Embassy in Beirut denounced Sunday accusations made by a Lebanese daily that it was a hub for terrorist acts.
The embassy said in a statement that it “overwhelmingly denies these extremely serious and dangerous allegations and denounces them.” The statement was a response to an editorial published on Oct. 22 by a local media outlet.
The editorial claimed that French intelligence officials supportive of Saudi Arabia’s views toward the Syrian crisis were turning the French Embassy in Beirut into a hub to sponsor terrorist acts.
The French Embassy added that it was “committed to counterterrorism measures in all its forms and this is a permanent commitment which France has paid dearly for.”
Criticizing the ethics of the media outlet that published the editorial, the embassy said the allegations were fabricated.
“France, which is committed to defending pluralism and freedom of the press in Lebanon as in the rest of the world, differentiates between criticisms made by the press and shameful and unfair fabrications,” the statement said.