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France's Macron: next three months key for Lebanon - POLITICO

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron talks to journalists as he leaves the home of Fairouz, one of the Arab world's most famed singers, after visiting her in Rabieh, Lebanon August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

PARIS (Reuters) - The next three months will be fundamental for bringing about change in Lebanon, and if no change is forthcoming, punitive measures might ensue, French President Emmanuel Macron told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Macron told POLITICO that such possible punitive measures could range from withholding bailout money to sanctions on the ruling class.

Macron is currently on an official visit to Lebanon, during which he expected to lean on Lebanon’s fractious leaders to carry out economic reforms that are vital to getting the nation out of crisis and unlocking foreign aid.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams