France Sees 'Negative' Foreign Sways in Lebanon
The French presidency has said that it is essential to protect Lebanon from "negative" foreign influences because the country needs a "strong state."
A high official in French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that France aims to see Lebanon "regain its stability."
The official didn't name any specific foreign countries allegedly interfering in Lebanon's internal affairs but said Lebanon should be protected from the "dangers that regional crises can pose to it."
The official said France supports Lebanon's policy of "decoupling" itself from regional crises.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with French presidential policy, was speaking after Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Macron at the French presidential palace and said he'll return to Lebanon in the coming days.