The architect Jean-Marc Bonfils, installed in Lebanon where he had taken part in particular in projects to restore buildings destroyed by the war, is among the French victims of the deadly explosions which ravaged Beirut on Tuesday, announced the Minister of Culture. Roselyne Bachelot.
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“ The French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils died in the terrible disaster in Beirut. I pay tribute to his major work, such as the restoration of heritage buildings destroyed by the war in Lebanon. France and Lebanon are united in the sorrow of his death, ”the minister announced in a message published overnight from Wednesday to Thursday on her Twitter account.
According to a latest provisional report from the Lebanese Ministry of Health, at least 113 people have died and 4,000 have been injured in the wake of the explosions that ravaged Beirut. Among the injured, there are at least 21 French according to the Paris prosecutor's office, which opened an investigation on Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron is going to Lebanon on Thursday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, " to bring the message of fraternity and solidarity from the French " and to "take stock of the situation with the political authorities ".