New blog: Politique arabe de la France

Politique arabe de la France is a blog on, er, France's Arab world policy. In French of course. Rather wonky but useful to follow -- after all, the Us is not the only Western country whose Arab world policy matters.

One item of note is an explanation of the significance of an open letter by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah to "a French friend" -- i.e. Jacques Chirac -- in which, blogger Emmanuel believes, Nasrallah implies that a return of French influence in Lebanon would be welcomed by Hizbullah. An interesting exploration of how France might be convinced to let Hizbullah retain its weapons and gain more importance in Lebanese politics in exchange for influence.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.