Macron told reporters that he offered Hariri the opportunity to visit France during a meeting between himself, the Lebanese Prime Minister, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He accused Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of seeking to "take control of Lebanon".
Lebanon has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining Hariri since his surprise resignation, announced from Riyadh on November 4, which plunged his country into political crisis. He also said he fears for his life.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said in a statement that he would not accept Prime Minister Hariri's resignation unless delivered in Beirut and properly explained.
Hariri's resignation came against the backdrop of mounting tensions between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, which back opposing sides in power struggles in hotspots such as Syria and Yemen.
El-Rai and Saudi Charge d'Affaires Walid al-Bukhari said the kingdom is not likely to deport Lebanese citizens as punishment for the participation of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanese politics.
An official in the French president's office, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be named publicly, said Hariri is expected to travel to France in the coming days with his family.
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Saudi Arabia is locked in a feud with Iran over regional influence; both countries support different groups in Lebanon.
The former consultant of the Lebanese president, Beshara Khair Allah, affirmed in an interview with Egypt Today that Hezbollah's acts are unconstitutional, favoring its private interests rather than that of the nation.
On Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was consulting with its allies about what leverage to use against Hezbollah. He said Arab mediation to resolve the crisis had failed. A Saudi-owned TV station showed them chatting in the Lebanese leader's home in Riyadh without giving details about the meeting. However, Nasrallah has also said that he would not comment on Hariri's speech that he gave to announce his resignation because he saw it as a "Saudi statement".
But Bassil, who is on a European tour seeking support for his country amid the crisis, said that Lebanon also has the option of resorting to global law, without elaborating.
On Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "we are preoccupied by the situation in Lebanon".