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French President Emmanuel Macron awarded the Lebanese artist Fairouz the French Legion of Honor, the highest official honor in France.
Fayrouza received the French President at her home in Rabieh, and the meeting lasted for an hour and a quarter, during which she presented him with a painting consisting of a model of cedar wood engraved with his name on it.
As he left Fayrouz’s house, Macron addressed reporters, saying that he “promises that Lebanon will be better than what it is, and that Mrs. Fairouz is an icon and has a special place in the hearts of the French, and the meeting with her was exceptional.”
The French President began his visit to the Lebanese capital Beirut, with a meeting with the singer Fairouz, who won the admiration of other French presidents. President Francois Mitterrand awarded her the Commander of Arts and Letters in 1988, and President Jacques Chirac awarded her the Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1998.
Macron is expected to press for the formation of a new government of experts that is not stigmatized by corruption, capable of eliminating the practices of bribery, waste of money and neglect, in addition to the reconstruction of the vast areas destroyed by the August 4 explosion in Beirut.
Lebanese singer Melhem Zein said that Macron’s meeting with Fayrouz would be a message that “this is the Lebanon we want.”
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