File - Patriarch Beshara Rai attends a ceremony in Jounieh, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is expected to seek France's help during his visit to Paris next week in accelerating the election of a Lebanese president, political sources said Wednesday, in the latest attempt by the influential Maronite Church to end the 11-month-old vacuum in the country's top Christian post.Parliament failed Wednesday in the 22nd abortive attempt since April 2014 to elect a president over a lack of quorum, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the session until May 13 .In addition to handing him the memo, Rai will discuss with Hollande the Lebanese political crisis, with the presidential vacancy being at the core of the talks, as well as the historic relations between France and the Maronite Church and ways of expanding them, the sources said.
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