French far-right leader Marine Le Pen meets with the mayor of Byblos as she kicks off her visit to Lebanon. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French far-right leader Marine Le Pen arrived on Sunday (February 19) in Lebanon, where she was expected to meet with the president and prime minister in a bid to bolster her international credibility two months before the first round of presidential elections. It is Le Pen's first time to have an official meeting with a current head of state. "It's a great joy to meet President Aoun. I will also meet the prime minister, as well as the foreign minister, and also probably the interior minister. Again, we need to go over things, the possibilities between France and Lebanon in the coming years. And Lebanon knows very well that it has an old and loyal friend in me," Le Pen said. Le Pen is also scheduled to meet with the religious authorities of Lebanon, a multi-confessional country that has suffered sectarian strife. Emmanuel Macron, another frontrunner in the presidential race, visited Lebanon last January.