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.
Lebanese protesters and the international community have called for an impartial investigation into the incident that killed more than 170 people and injured thousands.
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.
A senior local official said the blast at the site in northern France was a 'significant technical event' but was not a 'nuclear accident'.
At least 14 people were injured, two seriously, when an apartment block was reduced to rubble in an explosion after an apparent gas leak in the centre of Dijon in east-central France on Friday.
One soldier was killed instantly and two more have died from wounds sustained when their armoured vehicle set off a landmine in northern Mali.
At least two children were among the dead in what appeared to be an accidental gas explosion in Rosny-sous-Bois that left 11 others injured.
Around 15 others were injured, one seriously, after an explosion during rehearsals for a musical show that uses pyrotechnics.
At least two people died and another ten were injured when the blast, reportedly caused by a gas leak, partly destroyed the building in Reims.