Coronavirus: France orders 250 million masks to ease acute shortage nationwide

France is currently contending with a serious shortage of FFP2 health masks, the most effective in protecting against the coronavirus. Report: Mairead Dundas

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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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