FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Anti-Emmanuel Macron Protests?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Twitter claims to show protests against French President Emmanuel Macron.

Verdict: False

The image is from the 2018 World Cup celebrations in Paris, France. It does not show anti-Macron protests.

Fact Check:

Hundreds of thousands of people protested against Macron’s plan to raise the pension age from 62 to 64, according to BBC News. Over 100 police officers were wounded in the protests, some of which became violent, the outlet reported.

The image shows Paris, with big crowds and flares being set off.  The tweet reads, “The French protests in the millions to tell WEF globalist puppet Macron to get the F out. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Alcohol That Was Smuggled Into The World Cup?)

However, the image is from events that were neither for nor against Macron. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the image is from the 2018 World Cup celebrations. France won the World Cup, defeating Croatia 4-2, according to NPR.

“People celebrate on the Champs Elysees avenue after the final of the russia 2018 World Cup Football Match between France and Croatia in Paris, France on july 15, 2018,” according to the image description.

The image was shared by media outlets such as Daily Mail and Metro UK. The outlets report that celebrations continued throughout the night and that two fans died during these celebrations.

Misinformation around French protests is not new. In March, Check Your Fact debunked a video claiming to show protests against Macron’s pension reform. The video actually showed protests calling for justice in a shooting at a Kurdish center.

Elias Atienza

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