Macron to host a donor conference for Lebanon on Sunday

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a donor conference for Lebanon via video-link on Sunday, his office announced. The conference, which will be co-chaired by the United Nations, will seek pledges from participants including US President Donald Trump. It is expected to decide how to distribute the aid so it benefits the people directly.

Macron, who visited Beirut on Thursday, promised angry Lebanese crowds that aid to rebuild the city ravaged by Tuesday's huge explosion would not fall into "corrupt hands".

Thousands of Lebanese were expected to gather on Saturday for a major protest against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut.

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