French Politicians move their campaign to Lebanon. Le Pen heads to Beirut next week

Marine Le Pen,  the French far-right leader  accused Germany   of looking to lower wages and hire "slaves" by opening its doors to thousands of migrants and refugees.
Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader accused Germany of looking to lower wages and hire “slaves” by opening its doors to thousands of migrants and refugees.
It appears that the French presidential candidates are moving their campaigns to Lebanon, despite the fact that Lebanon became independent over 73 years ago. Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on January 24 , while Right-wing candidate Francois Fillon was planning to come earlier this month but cancelled his visit due to the scandal over his wife’s job and Marine Le Pen will visit Lebanon next week.

Beirut , Lebanon- French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will visit Lebanon next week for talks with leaders of Paris’s former mandate territory, a Lebanese government source said Wednesday.

“Madame Le Pen will be in Beirut on the 19th and 20th, and will meet (President Michel) Aoun and (Prime Minister Saad) Hariri on Monday,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The latest polls for April’s presidential vote show Le Pen, who heads the far-right National Front (FN) party, leading with 27 percent in the first round, but she is not expected to triumph in a run off.

At her campaign launch earlier this month, Le Pen vowed to put France first and to fight “terrorism”, and she has called for dialogue with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Aoun, who was elected in October, had allied himself with powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, which is fighting on behalf Assad’s government in Syria.

Hariri on the other hand is fiercely opposed to the Assad regime, which he accuses of having assassinated his father, former prime minister Rafiq, in 2005.

Le Pen in a magazine interview last month said Syrians were “waiting for… Assad to win this war against Islamist fundamentalists.”

Rival presidential hopeful and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on January 24, where he met both Aoun and Hariri.

While he did not call for an alliance with Assad, 39-year-old centrist Macron advocated for a “balanced policy” towards the regime and the myriad rebels fighting it.

Right-wing candidate Francois Fillon, dogged by revelations his wife Penelope was paid for years for a suspected fake job as a parliamentary aide, cancelled a visit early this month to Lebanon and Iraq.

Paris had mandate power over Lebanon and neighbouring Syria during the first half of last century.
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  • Y K

    I guess a meeting with the kindred spirits from SSNP is also in order. 🙂

  • vs

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  • Arzna

    Since all these French candidates want dialogue with Assad , they should be going to Damascus . Syria was colony too

    • HebAlba

      I don’t know about you but i was educated in French in Lebanon.

      • Arzna

        I was too but does this make us French?

        • HebAlba

          No..but Lebanon Christian speak French for 1,000 years, since the Crusades we were educated in French. We have a unique dialect like nowhere else in the World.
          Most Moslems speak English, do i have to tell you this?
          “French language in Lebanon”
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language_in_Lebanon

          • Arzna

            The French didn’t speak French 1000 years ago . They spoke Frankish back then . Is this the unique dialect you are taking about. I bet you if you speak this Frankish today to the French people no one will understand you

          • HebAlba

            We are not today, silly answer
            Educate yourself ..”they spoke Frankish back then”
            Frank is English. France money was the Franc before the Euro.

          • Arzna

            You know nothing about the French language you idiot . I tried to educate you but you are a hopeless case . Frankish is about language not money you jackass . You are so illiterate , I am giving up on you

          • HebAlba

            “You know nothing about the French language you idiot . I tried to educate you but you are a hopeless case . Frankish is about language not money you jackass . You are so illiterate , I am giving up on you”I tried to educate you but you are a hopeless case”

            HAHA..BIG Public fig to save you faker Kharazna?
            You’re a total ignorant! You know nothing about Lebanon
            History every nation has it’s name on the currency. Donkey
            The first franc was a gold coin introduced in 1360
            The official currency of France is the euro since 1 January, 2002.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5c49d43866815257c25bc10ad097e38fea22465e6dd5f3717805053246b2a30.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c02024963311034ac4eac0f355b8ca951f23527046307e48b81cb871f3620fa5.jpg

          • Arzna

            You wrote
            “Lebanon Christian speak French for 1,000 years, since the Crusades we were educated in French. ”
            I explained to you the French didn’t speak French 1000 years ago . The language as you know it did not exist back then . So no body spoke French 1000 years ago. Can you understand what I am telling you . I never mentioned anything about the Frank.
            Go back to elementary school and learn something asshole

          • HebAlba

            No language is the same 1,000 years ago.
            Doesn’t change anything liar.
            “I too (was educated in French) does that make us French?”
            Who’s Us, Czech West Balto-Slavic Khazar!

            “I never mentioned anything about the Frank”

            Ys you did “The French didn’t speak French 1000 years ago. They spoke Frankish back then.”

            ““ L o u i s , K i n g o f F r a n c e , t o t h e E m i r o f t h e M a r o n i t e s , o n M o u n t L e b a n o n , a n d t o
            t h e P a t r i a r c h a n d t h e B i s h o p s o f t h a t
            s a m e s a i d n a t i o n .

            I n d e e d t h e i r f r i e n d s h i p t o w a r d s t h e
            F r e n c h i s l i k e t h e f r i e n d s h i p t h e F re n c h
            h a v e a m o n g t h e m s e l v e s .

            2 4 t h M a y 1 2 5 0 , t h e 2 4 t h y e a r o f o u r
            re i g n . G i v e n i n S s t . J o h n o f A c re ”

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a1efd97c52a9b614cbb72f45d0d927ccb22b665328bbe0be6aa2a077566d6a2.jpg

          • Omega

            I agree that French was not spoken in Lebanon for 1000 years. It only came to be with the British-French partition of the Middle East (1900s).

            In regard to the rest of your comment, you explained nothing; only tried to sound semi-intelligent. In the 10th century (1000 years as you mentioned), Oïl (Old French) was spoken – not Frankish. The Frankish invasion of France had an influence on the Gallo (Gaulish) – Latin (Roman) language but it was not spoken before French became to be.

            ‘Asshole’? Again, what about to respect? Shouldn’t you practice what you preach trou du cul?

          • HebAlba

            BTW No Lebanese calls a woman “jackass”, only Zionists.

          • vs

            No Canadians calls a Jews “Zionists”, only HebAlba
            Please see if no Zionist Jew hiding under your bed

          • HebAlba

            I don’t call Jews Zionists! Zionists are Khazar from Slavic blood no link to Semites.
            “From the start of political Zionism in the 1890s, Haredi leaders voiced objection to its secular orientation, and before the establishment of the State of Israel, the vast majority of Haredi Jews were opposed to Zionism.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haredim_and_Zionism

          • vs

            Zionism is just idea of jewish home, Palestinism?
            +Zionists are Khazar from Slavic blood no link to Semites+ are You racist?

          • HebAlba

            Tell me the contrary Phoenician expert !

          • vs

            Salim George Khalaf, Byzantine Phoenician Descendent is phoenician expert http://phoenicia.org/

          • HebAlba

            Very goo site, El is Elah, in Arabic. In video the lady talks too fast..
            El mout = God of death in Arabic.

          • Omega

            Said the top-class idiot who wrote Frankish was spoken before French.

            Jackass you say? What about to respect? You should practice what you preach.

          • Omega

            His reference to the Franks and the Frankish language has nothing to do with the Franc currency. The Franks were Germanic tribes who spoke the Frankish language.

          • HebAlba

            What i meant, Middle Age Franc.

          • Omega

            One hundred percent incorrect. They did not speak Frankish back then. Frankish was a Germanic language spoken by the Franks (from the present-day region of Germany, Netherland, etc). When the Romans invaded Gaul (present-day France) in 2th-1th BC, the language spoken was Gaulish. After the Roman invasion, Gaulish was replaced/morphed to (a vulgarized version of) Latin. The Franks also invaded Gaul afterwards (5th AD) and as a result as an influence on the spoken Gallo-Roman language.

        • HebAlba

          You were not educated in French Arzna.

        • HebAlba

          Who’ talking about making ‘us’ French?uk

    • Y K

      Arabism has completely expunged any traces of francophonie from Syria.

    • HebAlba

      “Syria was colony too”…and Lebanon was a Mountain in Syria It declared independence in 1943.
      You know much more about US politics than you know Lebanon..you’re not Lebanese Arzna.

      • Leborigine

        I don’t know why I have to keep telling you that Lebanon was never part of this shithole you call syria!!! Lebanon, Jordan, syria, Palestine were all part of Greater Syria, which is not that desert that you call syria. Get your facts right and an education, do not be a bigot!!

        • HebAlba

          Hi Lebanonorigine..where where you all these years?
          http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?

          History Lebanon+Mountains
          “Lebanon Mountains in Easton’s Bible Dictionary white, “the white mountain of Syria,” is the loftiest and most celebrated mountain range in Syria. It is a branch running southward from the Caucasus, and at its lower end forking into two parallel ranges, the eastern or Anti-Lebanon, and the western or Lebanon proper. They enclose a long valley (Josh. 11:17) of from 5 to 8 miles in width, called by Roman writers Coele-Syria, now called el-Buka’a, “the valley,” a prolongation of the valley of the Jordan. Lebanon proper, Jebel es-Sharki, commences at its southern extremity in the gorge of the Leontes, the ancient Litany, and extends north-east, parallel to the Mediterranean coast, as far as the river Eleutherus, at the plain of Emesa, “the entering of Hamath” 5. (See HAMATH.)
          The western range is the region of the Hivites and Giblites (Joshua 13:5; Judges 3:3). (See GIBLITES.) The eastern range was Antilibanus, or “Lebanon toward the sunrising.” The wady et Teim separates the southern part of Anti libanus from Lebanon and also from the Galilee hills. The river Leontes (Litany) sweeps round its southern end, and drains Coelo-Syria, falling into the Mediterranean five miles N. of Tyre. Lebanon runs parallel to the coast in the plain of Emesa opening from the Mediterranean, in Scripture “the entering in (i.e. entrance) of Hamath” (1 Kings 8:75).

          The river Eleutherus (nahr el Kebir) here sweeps round its northern end. The average height is 7,000 ft. But one peak, Dhor el Khodib, N. of the cedars, is 10,051 ft.; and Hermon in Antilebanon is 10,125 ft.. Lebanon is of grey limestone, with belts of recent sandstone along the western slopes. Eastward in the glens of Antilibanus flow toward Damascus Abana (Barada) and Pharpar (nahr el Awaj). All that now represents Hiram’s cedar forests is the cluster called “the cedars,” 6,172 ft. above the sea, in the center of the vast recess or semicircle formed by the highest summits of Lebanon above the deep valley of the sacred river Kadisha. frontCEDARS.)

          • Leborigine

            You still do not get it!! I said all these countries were part of Greater Syria (Soorya) or the Levant but none of them were part of this existing syria (soorriyya). We have with this syria as much as we have with Iraq, Jordan, Cyprus and Israel/Palestine. So STOP saying Lebanon was part of assad syria (sooriyya) because it never was.
            Regardless, Greater Syria was never a governing nation, it was just a region with small tribes, like the land of Israel with its 12 tribes. The Syria mentioned in the bible is not this shithole syria governed by assad.
            For the rest of the Fucktards who do not understand this concept, let me put it this way for you. Australia is a continent with 5 states and 2 territories, if the Eastern states and territories were to separate and become independent, then the state of Western Australia will not be a state in the WEST OF AUSTRALIA any longer, it will be a country in its own right and it will become Australia. If the above happens, the Eastern states and territories would never have been part of this New Australia. They were part of the old Australia. It will cause confusion because it carried the same name, like this desert which you call syria it has nothing to do with Lebanon or Jordan or Palestine like when the Levant or Graeter Syria (Soorya) existed!

          • HebAlba

            THERE WHERE NO COUNTRIES IN THE LEVANT BEFORE WWII

            What the hell comparing to 10,000 old Levant to Australia British Colony Founded January 1, Syria 1901? ;-))))

            “The Desert you call Syria? Go to Saudi Arabia fool

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18c5baf56de469a0b39230e306a42c9f72e806b0e2827989c1457128da930216.jpg

          • Leborigine

            “THERE WHERE NO COUNTRIES IN THE LEVANT BEFORE WWII”

            Those are your own words. Do you know what you are saying?

            If there were no countries in the Levant before WWII, then how can you repeatedly say that Lebanon was part of syria! You simply do not know what you are saying. So before WW2 there was no Lebanon, no Jordan, no syria, no palestine, no Iraq. Therefore Lebanon was never a part of syria if syria did not exist before WWII. WWII ended in 1945, so as far as i am concerned in recorded history, Lebanon has been Lebanon and syria has been syria, i cannot see any connection.

            I’m not sure why you have damascus paragraph there, damascus is located in modern day syria which has nothing to do with me or Lebanon, so I find that completely irrelevant.
            damascus to me is like Kabul or Kandahar, a foreign city in a foreign land. Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, Tripoli, Batroun, Chikka, Jounieh, Baalbak, Zahle, Arsal etc etc, these are my cities and the jewels of Lebanon. Who gives a shit about damascus!

          • vs

            +Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, Tripoli, Batroun, Chikka, Jounieh, Baalbak, Zahle+
            also Akko, Hazor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Hazor#Canaanite_Hazor

          • HebAlba

            “Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, Tripoli, Batroun, Chikka, Jounieh, Baalbak, Zahle+
            also Akko” (You mean Acre). The Phoenician Coast went from Latakia to Acre.

          • Leborigine

            So Latakia is part of Lebanon, should we claim it!

          • HebAlba

            ???
            “Cities of Phoenicia proper, modern-day Lebanon, coastal Syria and northern Israel/Palestine and those cities founded or developed by the Phoenicians in the Levant / Eastern Mediterranean area, North Africa, Europe, and the islands of the Mediterranean Sea.”
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Phoenician_cities

          • vs
          • HebAlba

            They may be “my cities and the jewels of Lebanon of Lebanon origine”(?)
            You have crazy hatred much like the Israeli Likudi Zionists.. you make no sense..
            A Colony is a nation with sovereignty. Lebanon became – Sovereign Country – when it gained independent in 1943, no signatures, just a hand shake.

            Your recorded history is Disneyland. The French mandate lasted until 1943, when two independent countries emerged, Syria and Lebanon. French troops completely left Syria and Lebanon in 1946.

          • Leborigine

            So a signature would have made a difference!
            syria became a sovereign country too, whats your point.
            Are you saying now that syria was part of Lebanon, oh well Hizbollah got more than half of it back. It took Lebanese men to free syrian land and you cannot deny that if it wasn’t for Hizbollah, syria would have disintegrated. Hizbollah saved northern syria and the assad family from complete destruction. the same people who destroyed and stole from Lebanon for the last 30 years. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing a Lebanese leader known as Nasrallah controls syria and whatever happens in syria.

          • HebAlba

            I don’t even know what the hell you’re parroting about.. 1940.. Nasrallah.
            Good night

          • Leborigine

            Regardless, everything you said does not show how Lebanon was part of syria, so we are back to square 1. Just don’t say stupid things. If you want to defend Assad, syria, israel or even satan himself, thats none of my concern, but Lebanon was never part of modern day syria, we are NOT one people in two nations, We might have some similar attributes but that’s it.

          • Omega

            You should get your facts in order before calling anyone fucktard.

            The continent/country Australia 6 states (not 5) and 2 territories.

            Considering that Greater Syria never existed (your was never a governing nation statement supports that reality), the example with Australia (a governing nation) has no relevance.

            If the Eastern states/territories in Australia were to gain their independence, it would be from the existing governing nation of the continent/country Australia (who, like other ‘former’ British Commonwealth colonies are still not fully independent).

            Lebanon did not have to claim its independence from the non-existent Greater Syria but ‘gained’ it after the end of the French mandate in 1943. (‘End’ is a big word since the French left behind the Pact National of 1943 – which did nothing but keep Lebanon divided ever since.)

          • Leborigine

            My apologies Omega but the fucktard term was meant for anyone who truly believes that Lebanon was part of modern day syria.
            The 5 states was a typo, surely it is 6 states.
            The comparison between the two was just an example of how the Levant/syria/Greater syria concept worked.
            I assume you would agree that if Western Australia adopted Australia as its name after all the other states secede that NSW or Tasmania would have never been part of the New Australia. If this syria had adopted a different name during the Picot Sykes agreement, for eg ISISLAND, would HebAlba be saying that Lebanon was part of ISISLAND?? Modern day syria simply just asopted the historical name of these lands. Our lands were once known as Phoenicia way before the lands behind it were known as syria. We can’t live in the past and bring up irrelevant issues to our modern day problems.
            syria also gained its independence in 1946 and has always been divided much worse than Lebanon, it only had a ruthless dictator to keep them under control and a socialist system to match. Their war will go on for another 25 years unless the country is either divided or a complete system change.As i mentioned before, it’s not my country, so I really don’t care what happens/will happen to them, just take their trash out of Lebanon and leave us alone

          • Omega

            No offense, I didn’t take it personally.

            The cluster with the ‘Syria’ argument comes from the fact that all three (dreamed Islamic) Greater Syria, the short-lived governing Syria under King Faisal and present-day Syria have the word ‘Syria’ in them. To make matters worse, the French Mandate of Syria was always referred to as, well, the French mandate of Syria and not its official and full name: the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon.

            I am not sure present-day Syria was more divided than present-day Lebanon. The French left behind their National Pact; which divided the power of Lebanon between five groups. Present-day Syria had a succession of ‘elected’ leaders until the al-Wahhish (aka al-Assad) took power in the 1970s. Present-day Syria being an ‘all-of-a-sudden’ problem is odd. They had a devastating military presence in Lebanon for three decades but nobody in the West said a word. The West can care less about the Syrian people, Peace and Democracy. Present-day Syria just happens to be on their way to further their geo-political agenda; again.

          • Leborigine

            By the way, as a Lebanese in this fast moving modern world, we are unique and differ in many ways from syrians and the idiots around us. You should be more worried and concerned about your own people including Muslims and Druze than the morons in syria. You should be actively working in removing all the refugees (syrians & Palestinians) from our precious 10452 km2 and sending them back to their own countries instead of trying to use history to put black and white together.

          • HebAlba

            I know all thaaat! Precious same Lebanon Origine Ça va faire

          • Leborigine

            Sweet life to you too darling!
            Nothing like a fiery Lebanese chick, be proud!
            If your syrian, then go to Ya sooriyya, not sure what you are doing here!

          • HebAlba

            Pourquoi pas Soraya.. tant qu’à y être

          • Leborigine

            Lmao, ok Ya Soraya, its better than Sooriyya

          • Omega

            The Palestinian and Syria refugees issue in Lebanon is entirely attributable to England’s geo-political ‘aspirations’ in the ME (with their creation of Israel to control the ME and their present war with Syria). It shouldn’t be the Lebanese people’s responsibility to clean the mess.

        • Omega

          Greater Syria was dreamed, wanted, an aspiration, an ambition, etc but never reality.

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  • HebAlba
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  • Niemals

    French Politicians move their campaign to Lebanon and the Turkish PM was in Germany to encourage overseas voters to support a referendum to centralize power in Ankara.
    Is it a start of a new phenomena?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1035948c02c97b5177b6bf3353aa0ad19c1427dd86193d88473691e982c5860.jpg
    The leader of the influential Turkish Community in Germany (TGD) slammed Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s speech in the western city of Oberhausen, saying on Sunday that it was part of a sinister campaign to demonize opposition voices and promote autocracy.