Hundreds of social media users mistakenly captioned a photo of crowds lining a Paris street saying it shows a recent outbreak linked to the pandemic. However, the photo was taken in 2018 and shows France celebrating after winning the FIFA World Cup.
In the image, a woman draped in the French tricolor looks down on the thousands of people gathered on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook since July 17 as part of protests against mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers and COVID-19 health cards (here, here, here, here, and here).
One person who shared the image said, “Wow the anti [vaccine] the protests in France are huge! (here)
More than 100,000 people protested after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the new measures, which revealed that people would soon be expected to provide a COVID-free certificate to enter places such as restaurants and cinemas (here).
Reuters photos and videos captured during the protest can be viewed at reut.rs/3wMnZGk and here.
However, the photo showing thousands of people on the Champs-Élysées was captured several years earlier – and shows people celebrating France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final.
It was taken by AFP photographer Ludovic Marin and can be seen on Getty Images bit.ly/2Tq5sSE.
The Getty caption reads: “This photo taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe) on July 15, 2018 shows people celebrating France’s victory in the World Cup final soccer match Russia 2018 between France and Croatia, on the Champs-avenue de l’Elysée in Paris.
Badly subtitled. An image shared online shows the celebrations in Paris following France’s victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. It does not represent the protests organized on July 17 against mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers in France.
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