French Foreign Minister says Lebanon is in such a deep political and economic crisis that the country is in danger of completely collapsing
The Lebanese government has resigned on charges of entrenched corruption and neglect after the August 4 explosion that killed nearly 200 people and devastated entire neighborhoods of Beirut.
“This country is on the brink,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio, citing growing poverty, unemployment and inflation. “The risk today is the disappearance of Lebanon” if it does not urgently form a government and institute reforms.
Next week, French President Emmanuel Macron will make a three-day trip to Lebanon, a former French protectorate. He will offer France’s support after the devastating explosion at the port earlier this month, but will also ensure that millions of international aid go to those in need.
“We will not sign a blank check for a government that does not implement reforms,” including public services and the banking system, said Le Drian.