France's Le Pen to Visit Lebanon

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will visit Lebanon next week for talks with Lebanese leaders, a Lebanese government source said Wednesday.

"Madame Le Pen will be in Beirut on the 19th and 20th, and will meet (President Michel) Aoun and (Prime Minister Saad) Hariri on Monday," the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

The latest polls for April's presidential vote show Le Pen, who heads the far-right National Front (FN) party, leading with 27 percent in the first round, but she is not expected to triumph in a run off. 

At her campaign launch earlier this month, Le Pen vowed to put France first and to fight "terrorism," and she has called for dialogue with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Le Pen in a magazine interview last month said Syrians were "waiting for... Assad to win this war against Islamist fundamentalists."

Rival presidential hopeful and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on January 24, where he met both Aoun and Hariri.

While he did not call for an alliance with Assad, 39-year-old centrist Macron advocated for a "balanced policy" towards the regime and the myriad rebels fighting it. 

Right-wing candidate Francois Fillon, dogged by revelations his wife Penelope was paid for years for a suspected fake job as a parliamentary aide, canceled a visit early this month to Lebanon and Iraq. 

Paris had mandate power over Lebanon and neighboring Syria during the first half of last century.

Comments 14
Thumb gigahabib 15 February 2017, 17:00

Lol, I wonder what Hariri will say, considering she's pro-Assad...

Thumb mahdi-firuz-berhouz 16 February 2017, 07:08


You are simply the best! Who can predict what Hariri will do when he meets Le Pen except you. You are a genius when it comes to predicting human behavior. You base future behavior based on past behavior and formulate a norm. These are the markings of a genius.

In other words, you are somesing anazar flamesrower!

Thumb kanaanljdid 16 February 2017, 19:05

She may be pro-Assad in Syria, but she is firstly for sovereignity and independance of all countries, i.e. independant Lebanon (independant from Saudi islamists and Iranian islamists).

Thumb Southern...... 15 February 2017, 17:45

it's pity that she is not a complete figure to support and take her as idol, she's by one hand supports Assad and against the terrorist plot against Syria, by the other, she is sectarian , racist and a right wing ultra conservative.... however, the balance still on our favour.

Thumb Southern...... 15 February 2017, 18:23

you know what happens FT, Hamon is my favorite..... while she remains in the middle, some points are on her favour like the one you mention about "j00z"... while her ideology, nobody can deny what she is, which sometimes is good for only certain things.

Thumb Maxx 15 February 2017, 19:23

"Sane and has normally functioning brains"? Le Pen? LOL! Good one. I bet you think of yourself as well as being "sane with normally functioning brains". I wonder how you managed to make the logical leap from "bigot" to "sane"...
You do know that she also told "Muslims" to go back to their country, like if all Muslims come from one country and could not have possibly been born in France itself? But mentioning that would not have played well into your pro-Iranian occupation of Lebanon narrative, so you simply "forgot" to mention it, right? Tfeh 3a 2aslak!

Thumb kanaanljdid 16 February 2017, 19:02

She is not sectarian at all, on the contrary she only sees one community: the French nation, that encompasses all communities and sects.

On immigration and nationality, she is more liberal and leftist than ALL Lebanese politicians !

Thumb kanaanljdid 16 February 2017, 19:03

People living in a country all their life, getting education and healthcare from this country, shouldn't hold another passport. It is simply good sense.

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 15 February 2017, 17:54

Thumb Maxx 15 February 2017, 19:17

Le Pen has the same sort of voting demographic in France as Trump, Farage, Wilders and Aoun: The cowardly frightened and poorly educated who prefer to parrot their leaders' racism and xenophobia rather than think for themselves. Ba3id na2is...

Thumb gigahabib 15 February 2017, 20:37

There are a lot of mainly North African Muslims in Europe who behave like wild animals. The Europeans invited them in, but they should be able to kick them out again. They do have a place to go, unlike the Palestinians in Lebanon.

Thumb kayveman 15 February 2017, 23:09

i think you are the wild animal since you dont use your head and think...

Thumb gigahabib 16 February 2017, 11:20

Unlike you, I address the article's content, whereas you just spew meaningless clichés. If you want to discuss the article, then discuss the f*cking article.

Thumb kanaanljdid 16 February 2017, 19:07

I agree with you Flame