France’s alleged protest photo is truly a World Cup reboot – .

France’s alleged protest photo is truly a World Cup reboot – .

The statement

A photo posted to an Australian Instagram account claims to show a huge crowd in Paris demonstrating on July 24 against France’s measures to fight COVID-19.

The photo of the alleged protest is captioned: “There are many of us and the petty bullies fear us greatly. This is why propaganda and c3ns0rsh1p are at unmatched levels. The system collapses, buckle up and enjoy the ride. Image of Paris, France 24/7 ″.

The July 27 post had over 1,700 likes at the time of writing. The same photo was also used on several French Facebook posts – see examples here and here.

An article claims to show thousands of people in Paris protesting against France’s COVID measures on July 24.


Numerous photos were taken of the thousands of Parisians who protested against the French government’s COVID-19 measures on July 24 – but the image from the Instagram post is not one of them.

The photo was actually taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in July 2018 after France’s final FIFA World Cup victory over Croatia.

The July 24 protests in Paris culminated when police fired tear gas after trying to repel the crowds. Reports cited the French Interior Ministry as saying 161,000 people had demonstrated across the country, while a week earlier more than 100,000 people rallied against the anti-coronavirus measures.

The main target of the protesters was reportedly the Macron government’s health pass, which, from July 21, became an obligation for leisure and cultural places hosting more than 50 people. The pass bears proof that the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, has tested negative for the virus within the past 48 hours, or has recovered from the disease within the previous six months.

From August, the measure will be extended to cover entry to restaurants and bars after French lawmakers approved the change on July 26.

Despite the multitude of photos published in the media about the protests, the photo in the post is a three-year-old image of the crowds flooding the streets of Paris after France’s World Cup victory in Moscow.

The photo, taken by Ludovic Marin for Agence France-Presse (AFP), was used in this report from July 16, 2018, as well as in photo galleries here, here and here.

Video sequences shared by ABC News in the United States on its Twitter account on July 17, 2018, shows the crowd gathered around the Arc de Triomphe seen from a point of view similar to that of the photo in the post.

This photo taken from a terrace shows the 2018 victory celebrations near the Arc de Triomphe.

The verdict

The photo in the article is from French news agency AFP and shows fans in Paris celebrating the country’s final World Cup victory in July 2018. These are not protests against French countermeasures against COVID-19 on July 24, 2021, as it is claimed.

Faux – Content that has no factual basis.

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