Crisis ridden state of Lebanon marks its 100th year of coming into existence on Monday. A century ago on September 1, 1920, a French general, Henri Gouraud, had declared the State of Greater Lebanon, the precursor of the modern state of Lebanon. French president, Emmanuel Macron, is visiting Lebanon to mark the occasion, 100 years later.
The mood however is far from celebratory, with the Lebanese marking the centennial with a feeling that their experiment as a nation has failed. Lebanon has been hit by a series of catastrophes, endemic corruption and mismanagement and a complete financial crash.
Recently, a massive explosion at Beirut's port killed at least 190 people and injured thousands on 4th August.