Sarkozy arrives in Lebanon in show of support for country's peace efforts

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in Beirut for a one-day visit during which he is expected to reaffirm Paris' support for Lebanon's peace efforts. Sarkozy is the first Western head of state to meet President Michel Suleiman since the former army chief was elected as compromise president on May 25. The election came in line with an Arab-brokered agreement signed in Qatar last month to end an 18-month political crisis that had pushed Lebanon to the brink of civil war. Sarkozy, who is heading a large delegation, arrived Saturday from Athens and was received at Beirut airport by Suleiman and Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. His office has described the visit as an "unprecedented" effort to show French support for the Lebanese people.