French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the political and economic collapse in Lebanon is similar to the sinking of the Titanic, but without music..
Le Drian added in an interview published by Le Figaro newspaper today, Sunday, “Lebanon is the Titanic without the orchestra. The Lebanese are in complete denial and they are drowning, and there is no music“.
Le Drian’s comments raised a pessimistic tone ahead of a planned visit within a little over a week by French President Emmanuel Macron to Beirut. This will be Macron’s third visit since a massive explosion in a port destroyed vast areas of the city and killed 200 people last August.
Macron is running out of patience with the rival Lebanese politicians, as their quarrels over influence remain an obstacle to comprehensive reforms that donors say are necessary before sending much-needed and planned financial aid to the country..
The Titanic Orchestra is believed to have continued playing for as long as possible until the ship sank in the Atlantic in 1912, in an effort to help the passengers calm amid the impending doom that ultimately claimed the lives of all the musicians.