Beirut explosion: Moment of silence held for victims of blast

People in Beirut have held a minute of silence for the more than 200 people believed to have been killed by an explosion a week ago.

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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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