On August 4th this year, a huge explosion ripped through the port of the Lebanese capital Beirut and the surrounding city neighbourhoods, killing more than 200 people, wounding more than 6,500 others and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. It was so powerful that the shockwaves and tremors it caused were recorded hundreds of kilometres away. Now, London-based independent research group Forensic Architecture has produced a remarkable video report with 3D imaging, using documented evidence and expert input, to piece together a precise chronology of the multiple causes of the explosion, and which Mediapart presents here.
An elderly man in the Dordogne region of south-west France escaped with slight burns after he blew up his kitchen and damaged the roof of his house when swatting an irritating fly with an electric racket that set off a blast from a gas leak, while the fate of the fly is unknown.
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Lebanon on Thursday to meet with the country's political leaders, 48 hours after a huge explosion devastated parts of Beirut where France has already sent teams of rescuse workers, engineers and medical equipment.
A search by about 150 volunteers in eastern France, following an appeal for help from French air accident investigation agency, the BEA, have found titanium fragments of a Pratt & Whitney engine from an Airbus 220 that exploded mid-flight this summer, the third such incident this year.
Eye witnesses reported seeing a man leave a package outside a bakery store on a pedestrian street in the city of Lyon, south-east France, shortly before an explosion that wounded 13 passers-by, including a child.
A grain silo in the eastern French city of Strasbourg with a storage capacity of 400,000 tonnes was wrecked by an apparently accidental explosion early on Wednesday which left at least three people seriously injured.
Parts from an Air France A380 aircraft which was forced to land at Canada's Goose Bay airfield on September 30th after one of its four jet engines exploded over the Atlantic Ocean mid-flight from Paris to Los Angeles have been found in Greenland.