Frenchman Macron says he will continue to push initiative on Lebanon

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the political situation in Lebanon following the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Moustapha Adib, in Paris, France, September 27, 2020. Lewis Joly / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would not back down on an initiative to save Lebanon from collapse, but said he was “ashamed” of the country’s leaders and would pressure them to change course.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib resigned on Saturday after trying for nearly a month to align a non-partisan cabinet, dealing a blow to a French plan to rally sectarian leaders to face the worst crisis since 1975-1990. civil war.

Report by John Irish and Matthias Blamont

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