Beirut - The deadline was set as part of a French initiative by Macron who has been pressing the leaders in Lebanon to form a cabinet.
France said on Wednesday it regretted that Lebanese political leaders have failed to form a new government in line with a commitment made to President Emmanuel Macron, but that it was not too late to do so.
The statement by Macron's office came after Lebanese politicians missed a 15-day deadline to form a crisis cabinet, with many remaining deadlocked on Wednesday on which political faction gets to have the key portfolio of the finance ministry.
The deadline was set as part of a French initiative by Macron who has been pressing the leaders in Lebanon to form a cabinet. "It is not yet too late: everyone must assume their responsibilities and finally act in the sole interest of Lebanon by allowing Moustapha Adib to form a government that reflects the seriousness of the situation," the French statement said, referring to the Lebanese prime minister-desginate.
Macron has described his initiative, which includes a road map and a timetable for reforms, as "the last chance for this system".