France to restrict suspect Lebanese officials from entering the country

France will restrict Lebanese officials suspected of corruption or obstructing the formation of a government from entering the country, the foreign minister said Thursday.

The move is the latest French effort to pressure Lebanese leaders to end a dangerous political deadlock that has accelerated the Mideast country’s economic collapse.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said his government “has started to put in place measures restricting access to French territory for people implicated in the political blockage under way, or implicated in corruption” in Lebanon.