Lebanon’s banking association called on all banks to remain shut on Tuesday, following a night of gunfire and violence in the northern city of Tripoli, The coronavirus has exacerbated the country’s ongoing economic woes. The pound has lost more than half its value, fuelling inflation in a country heavily dependent on imports, while unemployment has hit 40%.
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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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The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.
Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).