Doubling-Down on Haftar: Examining France’s Position in Libya

This policy outlook explores France’s foreign policy in Libya, examining the mixture of strategic, geopolitical, economic, and ideological factors driving French interests in Libya.

Libya’s civil war is fueled by internal contradictions underlying the rivalry ​of various political military forces as well as external interferences of regional and international actors pursuing their own economic and geo-strategic interests. This policy outlook explores France’s foreign policy in Libya, examining the mixture of strategic, geopolitical, economic, and ideological factors driving French interests in Libya. As such, it appears that France’s intervention in Libya is primarily driven by the preservation of French economic benefits and in line with its desire to maintain and expand French influence in North Africa.​

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