Farewell to Rafale in France? Old viral Italian Republic Day celebrations video

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A video that shows jets emerging from behind a tall building and leaving a dazzling display of orange, green and white in the sky is circulating widely on social media. “Goodbye Indian tricolor in France for Rafale planes”, we read in the attached complaint.

The clip circulates against the backdrop of a batch of five French-made Rafale fighter jets arriving at Ambala airbase on July 29.

I was wrong…. This is Rome, Italy. Nonetheless, it is an incredible sight. Thank you Dr Milind Nene for the correction 🙏

Everyone’s been talking about Rafael’s landing in India but see France’s farewell with Indian Tricolors.

Vande Bharti 🙏…. May our tricolor continue to fly high… Jai Hind

# Strongertogether #strongindia #vandebharti #rafaleinindia

Posted by Kailash Jadhav on Sunday August 2, 2020

Alt News has received several requests to verify the video on its official mobile app.

Checking the facts

Alt News debunked this video last year when it went viral by claiming that Indian Independence Day was marked in Trafalgar Square in London by fighter jets moving the tricolor in the sky.

A simple mirror image revealed that the building in the video is not in France. This is Piazza Venezia in Rome.

Italy celebrates its Republic Day on June 2 of each year. The event is marked by an overflight carried out by the acrobatic unit of the Italian Air Force, Frecce Tricolor. It can be noted that the Italian flag has colors which resemble the Indian flag.

The display can be seen in the image tweeted by the Italian Air Force. The Italian flag is also clearly visible in the image.

The Italian Air Force tweets videos of the Frecce Tricolor flight display every year. A video of the ceremony in 2019 can be seen below.

An old video of the Republic Day celebrations in Italy has been shared as an Indian tricolor farewell in France for Rafale jets.

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