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European powers hold conference in Paris on the recent massacres of Christians in Lebanon and Syria

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Immediately after the widespread massacre of Christians in Syria and Lebanon by Druze factions, a conference of the six great powers of Europe met in Paris to draft measures towards an intervention.  Despite Turkish claims that it could protect Christians and punish the perpetrators, a French Army division under General Beaufort d'Hautpol landed at Beirut within two weeks and took up positions around the city.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Charles Henry Churchill, The Druzes and the Maronites under the Turkish rule from 1840 to 1860 (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1862), 220-221.