Lanterns launch in Beirut in memory of port blast victims
Lebanese launch lanterns in Beirut's Gemmayzeh neighbourhood during the lighting of a Christmas tree, in memory of the victims of the devastating August explosion at the Port of Beirut. Firefighters stand in front of the Christmas tree created by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer and decorated with uniforms of firefighters and rescue workers as a way to pay tribute to those who died in the blast.
Lebanon: World leaders demand Beirut reforms at aid conference
The UN and France have said an emergency aid fund will be set up to help Lebanon cope with reconstruction after the Beirut port blast. However, long-term economic support depends on forming a viable new government.
Beirut's fashion designers show creativity in the face of chaos
Lebanese couture is revered around the world for its flamboyance and artistry, with collections destined for clients based in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the US. But in recent months, a crippling economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and of course August's catastrophic Beirut port explosion have threatened the industry like never before. Some of the biggest names in Beirut fashion, including the likes of Elie Saab and Tony Ward, spoke to FRANCE 24 about their experience of the past few months.
Beirut explosion: one month on
Friday, September 4, marks one month since a huge blast in Beirut's port ripped through the city, killing more than 190 people, wounding at least 6,500 and leaving nearly 300,000 homeless.
After the Beirut blast: The hopes and fears of Lebanon's youth
After the deadly explosion that hit the port of Beirut on August 4 and destroyed part of the city, amid a backdrop of government negligence, corruption and popular revolt, Lebanon is on its knees and seems trapped in a downward spiral. From the rubble of the central neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital to the Shiite south along the Israeli border, our reporters Cyril Payen and Bilal Tarabey followed the daily life of a group of young friends. They tell us about their fears, hopes and dreams with the sincerity of those who have nothing left to lose.
Special edition: Could the Beirut blast be one tragedy too many for Lebanon?
Two weeks after massive dual explosions at the port in Beirut killed more than 170 people and destroyed a large part of the Lebanese capital, we bring you this special edition of Middle East Matters direct from Lebanon. In the devastating aftermath, the Lebanese capital is in mourning – everyone here knows someone who was affected by the blast. Our correspondents and reporters on the ground take a look at how the tragedy unfolded and consider what the future might hold for this shattered country.
Lebanon: Beirut protesters and police clash for second day
Lebanese protesters hurled rocks at the police in renewed clashes over the deadly Beirut explosion, which many blame on government's negligence. Footage from the scene showed fire near the country's parliament.
Elderly woman finds solace in music amidst destruction
A day after a deadly blast ripped through Beirut, a video of 78-years-old May Melki went viral, showing her playing the piano after returning to her damaged home. AFP met her and asked what inspired her to play music amidst destruction.
Lebanese expats in Germany want justice after Beirut deadly blast
Lebanese people in Germany have spent the past week mourning the people killed and injured in the explosion in Beirut on August 4. They do not want to see international aid go to Lebanon's corrupt political class.
The governor of Beirut Marwan Abboud: 'This is like a genocide against the Lebanese people'
The governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, was interviewed by FRANCE 24 Arabic journalist Mirna Jammal. They talked about the destruction, air pollution, President Macron’s visit and how to protect Lebanese cultural heritage. Asked how the guilty should be punished, the former judge said "harshly", because it is a “Lebanese genocide”.