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President Emmanuel Macron vists Lebanon, Jan 28, 2017.

France is taking steps to help Lebanon solve its difficulties in forming a new government in the face of failed efforts to reach an agreement between the multiple ethnic factions, while street protests against the political elite continue, al-Joumhouria reported on Friday.

High-ranking diplomatic sources told the daily newspaper that France is exerting “unremitting, robust efforts” to find a solution to the crisis. President Emmanuel Macron has dispatched to the region Christophe Farnaud, head of North Africa and Middle East department at the French foreign ministry.

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Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri on October 29 resigned in response to the large scale and occasionally violent protests against the political class.

The cabinet remains in place in a caretaker capacity but the efforts to form a new cabinet are stalling, as the different factions are struggling for more power in the new order.

The World Bank has warned this week that Lebanon’s failure to quickly form a government that meets protesters’ demands would likely cause an even faster failure of the local economy.

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