France: Who is Paul Soler, Macron’s ‘Mr Libya’?

By Sarah Vernhes
Posted on Thursday, 16 December 2021 08:55, updated on Friday, 27 May 2022 13:10

Paul Soler (l.) with US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland (r.), 28 April 2021. © US Embassy France

After putting his weight behind Marshal Haftar, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, through his special envoy to Libya Paul Soler, has chosen a more pragmatic strategy to mark Paris’ return to the game.

A week and half before Libya’s presidential election, Paris is closely monitoring the electoral process. Paul Soler, France’s special envoy on the ground, is in charge of this dossier.

President Macron’s discreet ‘Mr Libya’ returned to the forefront in March to manage this strategic issue for France. At stake is the Mediterranean basin’s security.