FACT CHECK: Did The UK Warn Citizens Not To Travel To France?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on social media purports that the Government of The U.K. has warned their citizens not to travel to France due to the riots.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The U.K. has not issued this warning.

Fact Check:

President Emmanuel Macron commented on the riots of last week saying that social media and video games played a role in inspiring the violence from young people. NPR reports that Macron said protests used social media to organize and mimic violence seen on the internet.

The Facebook post alleges that due to the riots in France the U.K. pushed their citizens not to travel to France. The post reads in part, “Patience with Macron is almost gone and there are increasing calls for the military to remove Macron and take control of the Government. Britain’s foreign office is now warning UK citizens not to travel to France.

The claim is inaccurate.  There is no credible news report that suggests that this advisory was issued by the British government. No such warning appears on the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website.

The FCDO did issue an advisory for travelers to France saying to monitor the news while in the country they said, “you should monitor the media, check the latest advice with operators when travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.” However, there was no warning for travelers not to go to France. (RELATED: Does Viral Video Show The Nova Kakhovka Dam Being Blown Up?)

This is not the first time a misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that the judge assigned to Trump’s federal court case was at his rally.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter