Macrons visit to Lebanon: Of repentance, lacking any trace so far

visited Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, the district of Gemmayze, in order to gain an impression of the devastation in Beirut, he receives an insight into the soul

Macrons visit to Lebanon: Of repentance, lacking any trace so far

visited Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, the district of Gemmayze, in order to gain an impression of the devastation in Beirut, he receives an insight into the soul life of the Lebanese. Almost as a bringer of salvation Macron of some is received. A man of Lebanese rescue workers wearing a red helmet and protective suit for the tears in the eyes: "Lebanon is your son," he says to the President, as the walk with a mask in a blue suit and tie through a debris field. Macron nudges him with his fist. "We won't let you fall," returns he.

Christoph Ehrhardt

a correspondent for the Arab countries, based in Beirut.

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Christian Schubert

economic correspondent in Paris.

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But the rage is gripping with the hands. A densely Packed crowd surrounds the French President, the progress is tedious. "The people want the fall of the regime", calling the protesters. And they wish on the own head of state: "Michel Aoun is a Terrorist." He, Macron, could read the pain and sadness from their faces, assured the French head of state to the people. "That's why I'm here."

warnings about the collapse of vulnerable houses go

Almost each time, the Macron is responsive here, the disaster in the port, as a further proof of the indifference and become the cartel of oligarchs and the old Warlords, the keep Lebanon firmly in its grip. The second day, people continue to create debris, patching Windows and doors. Rescue teams digging in the rubble for casualties.

The danger is not over yet. In Beirut, new warnings to go: high-rise buildings and high streets are in danger of falling down. On the Internet images of a multi-storey building in the district of Achrafieh, the drawing close to the neighboring high-rise circulating.

Many Lebanese welcome the visit of the French people, because he has already taken on his arrival at the airport, an important distinction: France wanted to help the Lebanese, not of their political class. The disaster aid would come "the Lebanese people" to the benefit, he said. "We are going to organise the thing so that the help arrives on site."

The politicians, the met Macron, he wrote "in a dialogue of truth" to that of Lebanon must change. It was a moral, political, economic and financial crisis“ of historic proportions, the first victim of the Lebanese people,“ said Macron. The crisis "brings with it the responsibility of the President of the management".

at The presidential Palace, he said to his counterpart, Michel Aoun, according to the Elysée Palace that it is now in order, structural reforms should not wait, however. To do this, the fight against corruption as well as reforms in the energy sector, in power, in the banking system and, in General, in the case of public tenders is one of the"". A utility program provided by the International monetary Fund would have to be brought in, and 2018, at a conference in Paris, the promised economic reforms were finally implemented, called Macron.

As of the Frenchman with the wish, the Explosion might be the Start of a "new Era" mark, he's overlooked but perhaps the hopelessness that is written to him by cheering people in Beirut, also in the face. "Nice that the foreigners want to help with money," says Roger, who cleans up a few corners of the Store of his brother-in-law, an elderly gentleman. "But you are also stealing this money."

Updated Date: 06 August 2020, 14:19

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