"After talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the President of the Republic [Emmanuel Macron] invited Saad Hariri and his family to France," the Elysee Palace said in a statement.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he had an "informal contact" with Hariri, during his visit to Dubai, adding that France did not receive any request from Lebanese ex-prime minister to come to the country.
The invitation comes in the wake of conflicting statements concerning Hariri's fate after his shock resignation. While Hariri himself has pledged to return to Lebanon in the next few days, saying he is "perfectly fine," the country's president, Michel Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining the former prime minister and his family.
Previously, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has stated that Paris believes that Hariri is free in his movements and is not being held in Saudi Arabia.
Media reports citing a Lebanese official have suggested that Hariri's freedom was "restricted" in Riyadh, however, later his office stated that the former prime minister had met a number of European and US diplomats.