French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, March 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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With Paris set to host a conference that marks a significant opportunity for Lebanon to hoist itself out of an economic slump and rebuild its battered infrastructure, French Ambassador Bruno Foucher struck an optimistic tone as he sat down with The Daily Star.It was France's President Emmanuel Macron who was instrumental in ending the crisis in November sparked by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's shock announcement he was stepping down while in Riyadh, and the subsequent 13 days he remained in Saudi Arabia with limited contact with Lebanese officials.And it was Foucher himself who delivered letters from Macron to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, inviting them to attend the conferences in support of Lebanon.This has been overcome, Foucher said, a state of affairs reaffirmed by the Saudi involvement at the conferences.Foucher emphasized the need for the Lebanese government to remain committed to the policy.Macron himself will attend part of the CEDRE conference and will visit Lebanon this year and sign, Foucher said, a "very ambitious ... roadmap" to develop French language and Francophone cultural links and projects.
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