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Canada Who was the French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils, victim of the explosions in Beirut?

14:25  06 august  2020
14:25  06 august  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Thursday in Beirut to survey the site of this week's devastating explosion whose death toll has risen to It emerged Thursday that a French national, architect Jean - Marc Bonfils , was killed in the explosion and 24 other French citizens people were

French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Beirut on Thursday as the first foreign leader to visit since the explosion , and will meet with Lebanese political leaders. A French citizen, architect Jean - Marc Bonfils , died in the blast, French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot stated on Twitter.

Jean-Marc Bonfils was at the origin of several famous buildings in the Lebanese capital.

L'architecte Français Jean-Marc Bonfils, décédé lors de la double explosion à Beyrouth le 4 août 2020 © Capture YouTube / Prodema Natural Wood The French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils, who died during the double explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020

He is one of the 137 identified victims of the double explosion that occurred Tuesday in Beirut. "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 sorrow of his death, "Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced on Twitter the night of Wednesday to Thursday.

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Lebanon-based architect Jean - Marc Bonfils has added staggered apartments and a vertical garden above a contemporary art gallery in Beirut 's East Village. Jean - Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower.

A recognized architect

Born in Beirut in 1963, Jean-Marc Bonfils graduated from the Paris-Villemin school of architecture and the Louvre school, in art history. After working for ten years in Paris, he won an international architectural competition organized by Solidere and returned to Lebanon in 1995, traces the Lebanese site l'Agenda Culturel , which had dedicated a portrait to him.

"Architecture is an art in the sense that the architect becomes aware of his environment to translate it into a work translating a feeling and giving a new image of this space", he explained then to describe his activity . In Lebanon, he had taken part in projects to restore buildings destroyed by war.

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Jean-Marc Bonfils is at the origin of several well-known buildings in Beirut, such as the "East Village Building", a multi-award winning residence with a futuristic look, located in the Mar Mikhaël district, not far from the port. On , the site of his architect's office - Jean-Marc Bonfils and Associates -, you can discover several of his achievements.

The architect was also a lecturer at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba), and member of the National Heritage Foundation. He was also a time adviser to a former Lebanese minister of culture, recalls the Cultural Agenda.

Death in his apartment

The Lebanese newspaper L'Orient Le Jour reports that Jean-Marc Bonfils was filming the fire live on Facebook from his apartment in Mar Mikhaël, "when he was carried away by the second explosion. " "The building was heavily damaged and the janitor, a father of Syrian nationality, was also killed," said the daily.

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The scene of the explosion that devastated the capital of Beirut last night. Rescuers worked throughout the night to look for survivors. Charbel Haj, who works at the harbour, said the explosion started as small explosions like firecrackers before he was suddenly thrown off his feet by the huge

The explosion at a port warehouse district in Lebanon’s capital city has killed more than 25 people and injured over 2,500 others. © Thomson Reuters Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut 's port area, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir.

"I tried to reach him, my wife too, on several occasions, but his line was cut (...) I decided to go there with a friend, to get closer to the place where his apartment, ”his friend Ghassan Hajjar told LCI . On the spot, the man explains having succeeded in convincing rescuers to search again the very degraded building of his friend.

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"There, they see a cat come out of a place in the kitchen and search a little more, remove some furniture and find it lying on the ground. There was still a little life", relates Ghassan Hajjar. "They picked him up and took him to the hospital but he was already in bad shape, and we lost him last night ..."

According to a last provisional report from the Lebanese Ministry of Health, at least 137 people died and 5,000 were injured in the wake of the explosions that ravaged Beirut. Among those injured, there are at least 24 French people, including three seriously.

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