French Macron: the next three key months for Lebanon – POLITICO


French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with the media after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, August 31, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / Pool

PARIS (Reuters) – The next three months will be fundamental to bringing change to Lebanon, and if no change is forthcoming, punitive measures could follow, French President Emmanuel Macron told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Macron told POLITICO that such possible punitive measures could range from withholding rescue funds to sanctions against the ruling class.

Macron is currently on an official visit to Lebanon, during which he expected to rely on Lebanon’s unruly leadership to carry out vital economic reforms to lift the country out of the crisis and unlock foreign aid.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Edited by Alison Williams

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