French leader warns Lebanese politicians of ‘last chance’

BEIRUT (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a stern warning to Lebanon’s political class, urging them to commit to serious reforms within few months or risk punitive action including sanctions. Macron is  on a two-day visit to Lebanon, marking the country’s centenary and holding talks with officials on ways to help extract it from an unprecedented economic crisis and the aftermath of last month’s massive blast that ripped through the Lebanese capital. Speaking to Politico en route from Paris to Lebanon Monday evening, Macron he he wants credible commitments from political party leaders on reforms, including a concrete timetable for change and parliamentary elections within “six to 12 months.” He says “it’s the last chance for this system.”