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What Macron hopes to achieve in push to rebuild Lebanon

He seeks changes to political and economic systems, seen as ineffective and corrupt

Just over a month after a devastating explosion destroyed a large chunk of the Lebanese capital and killed almost 200 people, France remains Lebanon's most significant international sponsor.

French President Emmanuel Macron, the first foreign leader to visit Beirut less than 48 hours after the Aug 4 disaster, not only kept his promise to return to Lebanon for the second time in order to review progress on the ground, but recently also unveiled a French plan for the country's reconstruction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2020, with the headline 'What Macron hopes to achieve in push to rebuild Lebanon'. Print Edition | Subscribe