France confirms first European coronavirus cases

France has announced three cases of the deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe.
The first two confirmed cases were announced on Friday by Agnes Buzyn, the French health minister, who said both people had travelled to China.
The government later updated the number to three.

Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports.

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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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