He is the first known French victim of the terrible explosions that ravaged Beirut. The architect Jean-Marc Bonfils, based in Lebanon where he had taken part in projects to restore buildings destroyed by war, lost his life in the deadly explosions, announced the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.
“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.
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 grief of his death.- Roselyne Bachelot (@R_Bachelot) August 5, 2020
A graduate of the Paris-Villemin school of architecture and the Louvre school, in art history, the architect was born in the Lebanese capital in 1963. Interviewed by LCI, Ghassan Hajjar, one of his friends, explained that he had died "in his apartment, in a building that he had designed himself and for which he had obtained an international award".
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The channel reports that, according to the daily L'Orient-Le Jour, Jean-Marc Bonfils was filming the first explosion live on Facebook, from the Mar-Mikhaël district, when he was hit by the second. He was "a beautiful soul, a brilliant man, a renowned architect in Lebanon", further described Ghassan Hajjar.
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 deceased, there are at least 21 French according to the Paris prosecutor's office, which opened an investigation on Wednesday.
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