UN peace force
Following a unanimous vote on August 31, 2012, the UN Security Council extended its peacekeeping mandate in Lebanon by another year. The Council also warned against any "acts of intimidation" that could threaten the security and stability of Lebanon, referring to several attacks on the UN force in the past year. Former colonial power France, with the largest presence in Libya, has repeatedly voiced its concerns over the unrest in the region. In a speech on August 27, French President Francois Hollande admitted he understood " the difficulty of the task and the risks" but said "the entire security of the Middle East and especially the independence and stability of Lebanon" were at stake.Known as UNIFIL, the UN mission has an authorized strength of up to 15,000 troops.