Lebanese MP Nadim Gemayel said in a June 6, 2023 show on Voice of Lebanon Radio that he knew that France had "fallen" when French President Emmanuel Macron came to Lebanon the day after the 2020 Beirut Port blast and urged the Lebanese people to "leave Hizbullah aside", making a distinction between Hizbullah as a political entity and as a militia. Gemayel also said that today, all of France's interests in Lebanon are "channeled" through Hizbullah "in an effort to reach Iran and all the investments that Hizbullah can facilitate for it, whether in Africa or in Iran."
Nadim Gemayel: "I was the first to criticize Emmanuel Macron, when he arrived at the Beirut port [following the 2020 blast]. I think it was august 6 or 7. He showed up at the port and made his famous statement:
"'Leave Hizballah aside. Don't deal with them. We draw a distinction between terrorist Hizbullah...' Sorry he didn't say 'terrorist'- 'between Hizbullah the militia and political Hizbullah'.
"The day he said this, I realized that France had fallen, and from that day on, anything Macron or France would want to do in Lebanon would deserve the interests of Hizbullah. I wrote a column for L'Express in France saying this about Macron. Two and a half years later, it turns out I was right.
"Today all of France's interests in Lebanon are channeled through Hizbullah, in an effort to reach Iran and all the investments that Hizbullah can facilitate for it, whether in Africa or in Iran."