The leader of Lebanon's Maronite Christian community, Patriarch Pierre-Antoine Khoraiche, has appealed to France to help end the fighting in southern Lebanon between Israeli-backed Christian forces and Palestinian commandos.
GV: Elysee Palace exterior.
CU: Elysee Palace guard.
SV: Giscard d'Estaing French President and Khoraiche shake hands and chat, Khoraiche then says goodbye and leaves palace refusing news conference, gets into car and drives off to the sound of military band.
On Monday (26 September) the Patriarch flies to Rome where he'll take part in a canonization ceremony for a Lebanese monk.
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Background: The leader of Lebanon's Maronite Christian community, Patriarch Pierre-Antoine Khoraiche, has appealed to France to help end the fighting in southern Lebanon between Israeli-backed Christian forces and Palestinian commandos. Monsignor Khoraiche is in Paris for talks with French leaders.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday (23 September) the Patriarch had talks and lunch at the Elysee Palace with the French President, Giscard d'Estaing. His visit to Paris, which ends on Monday (26 September), continues a century-old tradition followed by all Maronite Patriarchs. During his meeting with the French President, Monsignor Koraiche discussed at length the deteriorating situation in southern Lebanon. He appealed for a more intense effort by France to solve the Lebanese problem.
The Patriarch said earlier that the situation in southern Lebanon was becoming very dangerous and could lead to a more general conflict in the area. He also discussed the problem with the French Foreign Minister, Louis de Guiringaud. The Patriarch said he was assured that France would do all it could to support Lebanon's territorial integrity and unity. He said he was happy about the understanding which he found during his talks with the French leaders, and was convinced that France would not neglect any effort to help Lebanon.