One year later, a HRW report examines how Lebanese authorities were responsible for one of the world's largest non-nuclear explosions that killed over 200 people and wounded 7,000.
The bloc said it is ready to impose sanctions on Lebanon's ruling elite, including a travel ban and asset freeze, for obstructing the process of forming a functioning government.
Hyperinflation, poverty, corruption, protests and a pandemic have driven the country right to the edge.
The blueprint might be too ambitious, but there is a plan B which offers a swift recovery of the economy and cracks down on corruption - if Macron has the courage to put a French stamp on it.
The European Union is seeking a more serious role in Lebanon as judges and ministers face corruption charges linked to the Beirut explosion.
Just as the explosion has permanently altered Beirut’s urban landscape, so has it made clear the monumental shifts in the country’s political dynamics.
Macron can’t be expected to achieve anything on his own in Lebanon. But Brussels should play a much more hands-on role.
Protests continue in Lebanon despite the resignation of the government following the massive Beirut explosion. The protesters now demand a complete change to a system of power that has long gone unchallenged.
The port blast is taking popular anger to a new level in a country already reeling from an unprecedented economic and financial crisis and near bankruptcy.
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has rejected any international probe into the catastrophic Beirut port blast, saying a missile or negligence could have been responsible as rescuers desperately combed the rubble for survivors.
In a televised speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has called Tuesday's explosion "an exceptional event" that required unity and calm.
The French president's effort to help Lebanon is admirable, but he remains tone-deaf and out of touch with most Lebanese.
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