French President Francois Hollande (R) meets with Cardinal Bechara Rai of Lebanon, the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole Levant, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool
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Discussions between Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai and French President Francois Hollande in Paris Monday focused on Lebanon's 23-month presidential vacuum, according to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency.Rai's four-day pastoral visit comes after Hollande's visit to Lebanon just last month.During the meeting, Rai asked Hollande to increase "educational and social efforts" in Lebanon as well as efforts to solve the country's "security and political" issues.Rai and Bokova also touched on Lebanon's Qadisha Valley which is listed as one of the World Heritage sites.
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