Nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for Lebanon to once again be placed under French mandate following the Beirut port explosion that killed 154 individuals and injured over 5,000 others.
During his visit, Macron made his way through crowded streets in the capital’s damaged neighborhoods, listening to pleas from survivors and residents urging him not to provide financial support to the government.
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, speaks with a woman as he visits the Gemmayze neighborhood, which suffered extensive damage from an explosion, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP)
Lebanon was placed under French mandate in 1923, at the end of the first world war.
The country gained its independence in January 1944, when France transferred the power to the Lebanese government.