Busy diplomat Macron gets stuck into Lebanon crisis


French president Emmanuel Macron gives a press conference following his meeting with Iraqi Prime minister at the Elysee palace in Paris, on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ludovic MARIN

From global warming to Iran’s nuclear deal, France’s Emmanuel Macron has already intervened in a series of diplomatic quagmires — and now finds himself pursuing an active role in Lebanon’s crisis.

He and his ministers have held a flurry of talks with players shaping the turmoil, with Macron jetting to Saudi Arabia last week for surprise talks with the crown prince.

He said France had a role to play in bringing peace to a region suffering soaring tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are already backing opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

Like other European governments,…

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