The 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri caused a seismic change in Lebanese politics, heralding in a new era of sectarian division.
FRANCE 24 correspondent Leila Molana-Allen says while the prime minister was widely loved at the time, recent events, including a year of economic turmoil, have led many Lebanese to re-evaluate his legacy.
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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.