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August 27, 2020, 10.21 PM

PARIS, – France urged Lebanon to carry out serious reforms following the Beirut explosion and warned that the country risked “disappearing” as a state if it failed.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Lebanon next week to assert the urgency for the Lebanese government to change and reform.

The upcoming message will be similar to the one made on his last trip on August 6, two days after the Beirut explosion occurred. The catastrophic twin blasts left 181 people dead.

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The Elysee also confirmed a "working document" had been submitted by France to Lebanon ahead of the visit, outlining the issues to be discussed.

France wants to see the rapid formation of a new government capable of dealing with Lebanon's crisis and undertaking key financial reforms including an audit of the central bank.

"The risk today is of Lebanon disappearing so these measures have to be taken," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio.

"They are caught up between themselves in a consensus of inactivity," Le Drian said. "That can't go on and we are saying that very clearly."

"The President of the Republic said it when he went to Lebanon on August 6. He will say it again when he'll be in Beirut on Tuesday."

On August 9, Macron chaired a video conference that saw world leaders pledge more than €250 million ($295 million) for Lebanon.


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