Lebanon crisis: How are the Lebanese reacting to Macron’s visit?

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron is marking Lebanon’s centenary on September 1st and stressing the need for an overhaul of its complex sectarian political system on his second visit since the catastrophic blast that destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital on August 4. Speaking to reporters, he said France was ready to host an international conference on how to help Lebanon in mid-October, calling the next six weeks “crucial” for the country’s future. France 24 Leila Molana-Allen tells us more.

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