The global economy is facing its worst recession since the 1930s. That’s according to the International Monetary Fund, which has sharply cut its 2020 forecast because of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. The IMF predicts a 3 percent contraction for the global economy this year – describing “The Great Lockdown” as a crisis “like no other”. The Fund has called on governments to take “swift and sizable” action to support the economic recovery.
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In This Story: France
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.