France’s President, Emmanuel Macron while visiting the devastated city of Beirut following Tuesday’s huge explosion called for an international investigation and a “profound change” in Lebanon’s leadership saying a “new political order” was needed.
Mr Macron is the first world leader to visit Beirut since the explosion and he described it as a “metaphor for Lebanon’s current crisis”.
He made it known that France would organise aid along with the European Union and the World Bank for the relief organisations working on the ground.
Earlier in the day, Macron was mobbed as he walked around the blast-hit city with residents imploring him to help and also denouncing their leaders.
France, however, sent three planes carrying rescuers and medical kit to Lebanon with a fourth plane arriving later.