File - French President Francois Hollande gestures as he delivers a speech during a visit at the MK Automotive Mecachrome plant on May 4, 2016 in Sable-sur-Sarthe, northwestern France. / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER
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French President Francois Hollande has told a senior Lebanese official that his country was working to end the two-year presidential vacuum, in addition to voicing support to help Lebanon cope with the heavy economic burden of hosting more than 1 million Syrian refugees. In a letter to Speaker Nabih Berri, Hollande said France is exerting efforts to resolve the presidential election crisis, according to a statement released by Berri's media office. During a two-day visit to Lebanon last month as part of a regional tour, Hollande pledged 50 million euros ($56.4 million) in 2016 in French aid to help Lebanon deal with the refugee problem and 100 million euros over the next three years.Hollande's letter also came on the same day Parliament failed for the 39th time in two years to convene to elect a president over a lack of quorum, prompting Berri to schedule a new session for June 2 .
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