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Macron says ‘Lebanon will not be alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, will get rapidly blasted for hypocrisy

Macron says ‘Lebanon is not alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, gets quickly blasted for hypocrisy


French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in solidarity with individuals of Lebanon following the huge explosion in its capital. It didn’t go over effectively and simply reminded critics of the troubled historical past the 2 international locations share.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in solidarity with individuals of Lebanon following the huge explosion in its capital. It didn’t go over effectively and simply reminded of the troubled historical past the 2 international locations share.

On Thursday Macron turned the primary worldwide chief to go to Beirut, which was actually “devastated” by the blast within the metropolis’s port on Tuesday, as native authorities put it. It was alleged to be a gesture of goodwill and the start of a global help effort. The French chief himself mentioned that he goals to “set up European cooperation and, extra broadly, worldwide cooperation.”

“Lebanon will not be alone,” Macron tweeted in each Arabic, and French – the 2 foremost languages of the nation.

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However not everybody on-line might take the sentiment critically, particularly coming from Macron. It was identified that France has for a very long time been shut with Israel, and continues to be promoting weapons to the nation, which had a ugly warfare with Lebanon in 2006.

Some known as out hypocrisy in Macron’s supposedly heartfelt message on Twitter, reminding of his ongoing assist for Israel “which bombed Lebanon a number of occasions.”

France’s colonial rule over Lebanon additionally got here up within the feedback to Macron’s tweet. It extremely favored the native Christian minority over the Muslim majority, and lasted till 1944, creating additional divisions within the society.

There have been these, nevertheless, who appeared happy with Macron’s solidarity gestures, saying that the Lebanese individuals “want worldwide assist.”

Some went so far as to recommend that Lebanon ought to “once more [be] positioned underneath French mandate,” because the present authorities is perceived to have failed by permitting the explosion to occur. This concept gained a lot traction that it was changed into a petition and fifty-five thousand individuals ended up signing it.

Whereas in Beirut, Macron was surrounded by a crowd of anti-government protesters. They known as for “revolution” and pleaded with the French president to financially help their nation.

The Beirut explosion killed at the very least 135 individuals, injured 5,000 and left 300,000 homeless, in response to officers. Within the aftermath of the incident, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab promised that these liable for the explosion would “pay the worth.” The blast allegedly occurred after 2,750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate have been by chance set alight. The big cache of explosive fertilizer had been saved in a port warehouse for six years with apparently little regard for security.

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