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Later, France gave Lebanon a parliamentary system and, for the first time in the Middle East, created a nation where Christians had a strong political presence: each government office was apportioned to a representative of the country's main sects, with the presidency reserved for the Maronite Christians.
Additionally, the new government has placed much emphasis on secular holidays, particularly Id Il-Jaysh , which celebrates the accomplishments of the Lebanese Army.
In the Hellenistic era Greek was introduced and spoken along with Aramaic.
Latin later became common, and finally the Arab invasion in the eighth century introduced and assured the hegemony of Arabic.
These ties persisted and grew stronger, especially in the eighteenth century, and were a major factor in the creation of the modern Lebanon.
After World War II, Lebanon was placed under French mandate.