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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: France on Monday urged the "rapid formation" of a new government in Lebanon shortly after premier Hassan Diab stepped down over the deadly Beirut port blast.

"The aspirations expressed by the Lebanese in terms of reforms and governance must be heard," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement, adding that a new government would have to "prove itself" to the people.

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