France's Hollande pledges aid to Lebanon at start of Mideast tour

French President Francois Hollande speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese PM after their meeting in Beirut on April 16, 2016French President Francois Hollande on Saturday pledged financial and military support for Lebanon and urged its paralysed political class to elect a president, at the start of a regional tour. Deep political divisions have left Lebanon without a president since May 2014, and parliament has extended its own mandate twice since 2009. Beginning a four-day Middle East tour, Hollande met Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam.

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