France has been quick to back former PM Saad al Hariri's proposal of an "independent" Shia candidate being given the finance portfolio to end a deadlock between two main Shia parties over ministers.
Mohammed Atwi, 33, succumbs to head wound, nearly a month after he was hit in capital Beirut by a stray bullet.
If Lebanese leaders fail to shift direction in the next three months, French President Macron says punitive measures could be imposed, including withholding bailout money and sanctions on the ruling class.
Macron can’t be expected to achieve anything on his own in Lebanon. But Brussels should play a much more hands-on role.
The port explosion has since forced Lebanon's government to resign, giving rise to popular resentment towards the country's political elite.
French President enjoyed his hero’s welcome in the Lebanese capital last week, but critics now wonder if it was an opportunistic visit by Macron?
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.
Lebanese protesters have stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks, TV footage showed, as shots were fired in growing protests over this week's devastating explosion.
Turkey’s top officials have visited Lebanon’s capital following a massive deadly explosion shaking Beirut this week.
The French president's effort to help Lebanon is admirable, but he remains tone-deaf and out of touch with most Lebanese.
The government declares two-week state of emergency in Beirut after the massive blast in the port area of the capital kills at least 135 people with some 5,000 wounded and tens still missing.
President Michel Aoun cautions against bids to destabilise "security and the street" after angry protests over the Arab country's economic crisis.
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