Emmanuel Macron will travel to Lebanon on Thursday after the explosions that ravaged Beirut and left more than 110 dead and thousands of injured, including at least 21 French people according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, which opened an investigation on Wednesday.
This “first count” leads to “an investigation of the counts of unintentional injuries” “under its jurisdiction in matters committed abroad,” said the Paris prosecutor’s office.
On Thursday, the French head of state will meet his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab. “I will go to Beirut tomorrow to meet the Lebanese people to bring them the message of fraternity and solidarity from the French. We will take stock of the situation with the political authorities,” said the President of the Republic in a tweet.
Prime Minister Jean Castex met, at the Hotel Matignon, “the main ministers concerned to coordinate all the relief and aid that we are going to send on site”.
Jean-Yves Le Drian (Foreign Affairs), Eric Dupond-Moretti (Justice), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Olivier Dussopt (Budget), Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (Transport) and Adrien Taquet (Secretary of State to the Minister of Health) were present physically or by videoconference. Florence Parly (Armies) and Gabriel Attal (spokesperson) were represented, according to Matignon.
The Prime Minister confirmed the dispatch of three military assistance planes carrying “a civil security detachment with a mobile health post including 6 tons of equipment” and “several emergency doctors” to “be able to take care of at least very quickly. 500 wounded “.
A first plane flew mid-day from Marseille with emergency equipment as well as a medical team of nine people (four emergency doctors, three nurses and two marine firefighters) for Lebanon, according to the service of communication from marine firefighters.
They boarded a private plane made available by the CEO of CMA-CGM, one of the world leaders in maritime transport, it was specified. The latter, Rodolphe Saadé, is of Lebanese origin.
Two other planes must take off from Roissy with equipment, 25 tons, security teams from the Ministry of the Interior, also firefighters from Marseille, “Le Drian had previously indicated on LCI.
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The leader of senators LR Bruno Retailleau thanked Emmanuel Macron “for coming to bring the Lebanese people the support of France”, while the leader of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon criticized a trip which “is more likely to ‘to embarrass and disorganize “the Lebanese power.
The Eiffel Tower will be turned off from midnight on Wednesday “to pay tribute to all the victims”, also tweeted the mayor (PS) of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who also announced “exceptional emergency aid of 100,000 euros”.
The president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, for her part announced in a press release “emergency aid of € 300,000 for the reconstruction of the two Lebanese Red Cross blood banks located in Beirut”. In addition, a “Collective of elected officials engaged for the reconstruction of Beirut with ACTED” will be created to “collect funds for the reconstruction of public service buildings and housing”.
On the NGO side, the French Red Cross launched a massive campaign to appeal for donations to support the teams mobilized on the spot of the Lebanese Red Cross and the Red Crescent: distribution of food and hygiene packages, funding of mobile clinics and shelters for homeless people, repair of ambulances, etc.
The Secours populaire launched a similar appeal and announced that it had released an initial fund of 100,000 euros. The NGO Médecins Sans Frontières is preparing an emergency response, the details of which will be known in the evening.
Bodies lying on the ground, devastated buildings, wrecks of cars: two huge explosions devastated the port of Beirut and beyond, causing scenes of devastation and panic in the Lebanese capital, declared a “disaster” city.
The Lebanese government points the finger at a cargo of ammonium nitrate stored “without precautionary measures” in the port.
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