Lebanese army soldiers stand at attention during the delivery of French weapons at Beirut airport, Monday, April 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Following the killing of 17 people in early January in Paris by gunmen who targeted the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket and the French authorities' announcement last week that they had foiled a terror attack on at least one church, and that six planned attacks have been stopped in the country since summer 2013, France has declared an open war on terrorism not only on the domestic level but on the global one too.It is in that context and in light of historical ties between the two countries that France will expedite deliveries of weapons to Lebanon as part of a $3 billion arms grant financed by Saudi Arabia, political sources quoted French officials as saying. According to the military sources, the fight with terrorist groups is a long one, but eventually, the Lebanese Army will prevail.
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