FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Destruction In France

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Twitter claims to show destruction in France.

Verdict: False

The video was taken in Kyiv, Ukraine in March 2022.

Fact Check:

Violent riots have rocked France following the police shooting of a 17-year-old teenager during a traffic stop, according to Bloomberg. France Assurers said in a July 11 statement that the riots have caused at least $715 million in damage, the outlet reported.

The Twitter video claims to show destruction in France and blames it on “diversity.” The tweet reads, “France is being destroyed by the diversity they welcomed with open arms and the media is concerned about how this can help the far right. ”

This video, however, was taken in Kyiv. Check Your Fact geolocated the video to the Retroville shopping center in Kyiv. While the R has been destroyed in the Twitter video, the circle still remains, which matches the street view from Google Maps. Check Your Fact could not find the original video.

Other videos show different angles of the attack with the same destroyed buildings. (RELATED: Did 27,000 Russians Surrender In Ukraine?)

“On March 20, #RussianMilitaries attacked the Podilsky district, #Kyiv. As a result of the shooting, a mall and automobiles at the parking lot got burnt. The information about murdered and injured people is found out. #WARINUKRAINE #WarCrimes #Kyivunderattack,” the tweet reads.

The Retroville shopping center was destroyed by Russian shelling in March 2022, according to Al Jazeera.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
Follow Elias on Twitter Have a fact check suggestion? Send ideas to [email protected].