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France’s Macron heading to Beirut on Thursday

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Beirut on Thursday in the aftermath of the deadly explosion at the Lebanese capital's seaport, the Elysee Palace says.

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Beirut on Thursday in the aftermath of the deadly explosion at the Lebanese capital’s seaport, the Elysee Palace says.

French news agency AFP reports that Macron is due to meet Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab. France, which retains close links with its former colony, earlier said it was despatching rescue workers, emergency physicians and a mobile health unit to Beirut.

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