"Lebanon's Saad Hariri is seeking exile in France after being detained in Saudi Arabia. Hariri resigned from his post as prime minister unexpectedly last week. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun accused Saudi of detaining Hariri against his will. Saudi denied keeping Hariri captive or forcing him to resign"
Free to Leave Saudi Arabia “when he pleases”
Not a prisoner?
"But Al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh that Hariri was free to leave "when he pleases".
“Al-Hariri lives in the Kingdom by his own will and he resigned; regarding his return to Lebanon, it is up to him and his assessment to the security situation (in Lebanon)", Jubeir told a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian"
Hariri Meeting Macron in France
Hariri and Lebanon's Former Colonial Leadership...
"The Elysée Palace says Lebanon’s recently-resigned prime minister will meet French President Emmanuel Macron during his scheduled trip to Paris this weekend (November 18).
Saad Hariri accepted the invitation after meeting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Saudi Arabia, where he has remained since announcing he was stepping down.
French officials say they don’t know how long Hariri will stay, but he is said to be returning to Beirut after the trip. Once back, Hariri is expected to hand in his resignation in person – President Michel Aoun has otherwise refused to accept it."