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Macron’s Plan to End the Libyan Conflict Only Made Things Worse

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Emmanuel Macron, center, Fayez al-Sarraj, left and Khalifa Haftar, after talks near Paris on July 25, 2017.
Emmanuel Macron, center, Fayez al-Sarraj, left and Khalifa Haftar, after talks near Paris on July 25, 2017.Photographer: Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images

To see the limits of French President Emmanuel Macron’s go-it-alone forays into foreign policy look no further than the Libyan conflict.

Macron’s attempt to fix North Africa’s biggest crisis by holding a peace summit outside Paris in 2017, hosting Fayez al-Sarraj, Libya’s United Nations-backed prime minister and his rival General Khalifa Haftar, ended with promises of a cease-fire and elections. Macron tweeted a video of himself shaking hands with both men, captioned: “Libyan people deserve this peace. We owe it to them.”