France: Parisians rally in solidarity with Lebanese protesters

Hundreds of Parisians rallied in the French capital in solidarity with the Lebanese protesters, on Sunday. Demonstrators chanted, waved Lebanese flags and held banners on Place du Trocadero, protesting new austerity measures announced by Prime Minister Saad Hariri and demanding his resignation over corruption and the dire state of the economy. Lebanon's current demonstrations are believed to be... Еще the country's biggest since 2015, as protesters seek to highlight deteriorating living conditions, austerity measures, capital flight and the rise of the deficit and public debt. The heavily-indebted Lebanese government unveiled several new measures to raise revenue in an attempt to balance their large budget deficit on Thursday which helped spark the protests. They included a tax of 20 cents per day for calls made through the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), such as WhatsApp and Facebook calls, which was later withdrawn. Hariri gave his coalition partners a 72-hours deadline to agree on solutions for the ongoing economic crisis, suggesting he might quit his post if reforms are not passed.
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