After passing an economic plan, Lebanon’s government have signed a request for assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country faces a crippling economic crisis. A statement from the Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called the move “a historic moment”. Protesters took to the streets of Lebanon for a fourth day in a row, during May Day, despite confinement measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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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).