Lebanese MP and former minister Nicolas Sehnaoui, a member of President Michel Aoun's FPM Party, said in an August 25, 2020 interview on MTV (Lebanon) that there may have been a conspiracy behind the Beirut port blast that took place earlier this month. He said that Lebanese Christians are being targeted and suggested that the explosion was meant to drive them away from the country. Claiming that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been the only two cities in Japan with a sizeable Christian community, Sehnaoui said: "There are parties in the region... who believe that if a certain kind of people leave Lebanon, they will be able to take over the country."
Nicholas Sehnaoui: "I am not excluding the possibility of a conspiracy [behind the Beirut blast]. We should bring the people back and..."
Interviewer: "A conspiracy to displace people and then the real estate and the lands..."
Sehnaoui: "I'm talking about a displacement conspiracy. You can see that it is always the [Christians] in Lebanon who are being targeted and pushed to leave the country. I will give you an example. This will make me sound sectarian, but never mind. Nagasaki and Hiroshima were the only two cities in Japan where there was a big Christian community. This is something nobody knows. I am giving you an example..."
Interviewer: "Okay, but..."
Sehnaoui: "This is not sectarianism. You can go on Wikipedia and see this. This is a historical fact. What I am saying is that in the geo-political war in the region, there are parties in the region – I'm not saying in Lebanon itself – who believe that if a certain kind of people leave Lebanon, they will be able to take over the country."