France Télévisions mobilizes to support Lebanon and the inhabitants of Beirut after the double explosion in the port of the country’s capital. This disaster on Tuesday, August 4, left more than 150 dead and 6,000 injured. To come to the aid of Lebanon mired in an unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis, Delphine Ernotte, whose functions as president of France Télévisions have just been renewed, wanted to organize a large charity concert, according to information from the Parisian. She approached French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf to organize this event “to raise funds to help rebuild the country.”
“French and Lebanese artists” for this benefit concert
“Lebanon is going through a terrible experience. France Télévisions is together with the artists to organize a great concert of support and solidarity for the benefit of Lebanon and its affected population,” Delphine Ernotte explained to Le Parisien. “But beyond our mission of public service, it is also about showing our brotherhood to the Lebanese people wounded by too many tragedies,” she added about the impetus of this support. “French and Lebanese artists”, as well as “other international names”, must participate in this concert. If the program is not yet known, then “Matthieu Chedid, a great friend of Ibrahim Maalouf, who also has Lebanese roots” should be present, as well as Bernard Lavilliers who launched the initiative for such a concert. Very moved by the drama that hit his hometown, Mika, who just shared a moving text, was also able to join this mobilization without surprise. The benefit concert will be held in Paris, the newspaper said, and will be broadcast live and in prime time on France 2 and France Inter. The date has not yet been chosen, but the event will take place this fall after the start of the school year.
By Marie Merlet