16 Beirut port officials were arrested in connection with explosions

Two days after the double explosion that left at least 137 dead and 5,000 wounded, Emmanuel Macron went to Beirut on Thursday. While the French president demanded an international investigation, 16 port officials were jailed that evening, according to the attorney general. Relive this day in France 24.

Two days after the double explosion in the port of Beirut, which left at least 137 dead and 5,000 wounded, Lebanon was visited by the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron.

While the French president is calling for an international inquiry, 16 port officials were jailed that evening, according to the attorney general.

“The fight against corruption”

After a visit to the disaster site, where he met many Lebanese masses along his way, Emmanuel Macron spoke with the most important political leaders in the country. He stressed the need for “strong initiatives to fight corruption”.

“Clear and transparent governance will be established to ensure the fair use of international aid,” the French president assured, announcing a support conference for Lebanon “in the coming days”.

Relive the events of the day of the French President’s visit with our live blog: