FACT CHECK: No, France Is Not Shutting Down Internet Access To Control Riots

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims that France has made the decision to shut down internet services to control the recent outbreak of riots. 

Verdict: False

There is no evidence for this claim. The French president has suggested shutting down access to certain social media sites, but not the internet as a whole.

Fact Check: 

Riots have erupted across France after police fatally shot a 17-year-old boy at a traffic stop, according to The Independent. These riots have cost businesses in the country more than $1 million in damages, the total number of looted stores estimated to be around 1,000, CNN reported.

A Facebook video shows a man claiming France has made the decision to shut down internet services due to the riots. The video includes a partial screenshot of an article that reads “France to shut internet services to control riots.”

“What is the real reason for such a massive riot in France?! Some on the ground are calling it a Civil War. Is it a simple case of injustice or something bigger at play?” the post reads.

There is no evidence France’s internet is getting shut down, however. The screenshot seen in the video appears to come from Samaa, a TV station in Pakistan. This headline is misleading, however. Instead of cutting internet access entirely, French President Emmanuel Macron has merely suggested cutting access to social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to Politico

Critics of Macron lambasted the idea after it was suggested, prompting Élysée officials to clarify that the plan would be to have “occasional and temporary” suspensions of the platforms and not a complete shutdown, The Guardian reported.

There are no credible news reports about an internet shutdown in the country. (RELATED: No, The Guardian Did Not Publish A Headline Calling Looting In France ‘Reparations’)

Check Your Fact has reached out to the U.S. Embassy in France for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter