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France Stages a Comeback in the Middle East

Jan 5, 2018 | 21:53 GMT
Qatari officials greet French President Emmanuel Macron (R) on his recent visit to Doha in December 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) shakes hands with Qatari officials during a meeting in Doha on December 7, 2017.

(AMMAR ABD RABBO/AFP/Getty Images)

The country has taken a back seat to other foreign powers in the Arab world since its defeat in Algeria in the early 1960s. But in his first year in office, President Emmanuel Macron has worked to restore stability -- and French influence -- to the tumultuous region....

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