Fact Check Photo Shows 2018 Protests In France, Not 2021

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    The claim: Image shows COVID-19 protest in France taken in 2021

    After French President Emmanuel Marcon announced proof of a coronavirus vaccination or a negative test result would be required to enter public events and venues, residents took the streets to protest the new measure

    Some widely shared photos circulating on Facebook claim to show the recent gatherings.

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    “GREECE FRANCE CUBA PROTEST WORLD WIDE,” reads a July 16 Facebook post with more than 600 shares. “This is what the msm is hidding (sic) from us, they fear the day when we will discover how many we are and that WE ARE THE POWER.” 

    Accompanying the text is a series of images, including one of a crowd of protesters on the Champs-Elysees in Paris with colorful smoke flares and waving French flags.  

    On July 13, a Facebook page shared the same photo with the caption: “Following Macron's announcements last night, French citizens reacted strongly and the hashtag "Gilets Jaunes" (Yellow Vests) has been trending for several hours.”

    USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook users for comment. 

    Similar versions of the claim have also made their way to Twitter, where one user wrote, “France rejects lockdown tyranny.” 

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    But the photo was actually taken in November 2018 during a protest in France about fuel tax increases. 

    Photo is from 2018

    With a Google reverse image search, independent fact-checking organizations discovered that the photo circulating online originates from a Daily Mail article published in November 2018 about demonstrations in France against fuel price hikes.

    The image was captured by photographer Oliver Coret and was published on Divergence Images with the caption, “Demonstration of the Yellow Vests on the Champs-Elysees, Paris on November 24, 2018.”

    Protesters wore yellow vests, “gilets jaunes,” named after what French motorists had to carry in their vehicles in case of a breakdown, according to the Guardian.

    a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) take part in a demonstration on the Champs Elysees Avenue by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, on Dec. 15, 2018, to protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. © Zakaria Abdelkafi, AFP/Getty Images Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) take part in a demonstration on the Champs Elysees Avenue by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, on Dec. 15, 2018, to protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes.

    At the time, people were protesting against a tax increase on diesel fuel, but the demonstrations later turned into calls for higher wages, lower taxes and more. 

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    While the photo was not taken recently, Macron's measure to increase vaccinations sparked criticism and protests. 

    On July 17, over 100,000 people protested in France against the government’s handling of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported

    Our rating: False

    An image claiming to show COVID-19 related protests in France taken in 2021 is FALSE, based on our research. The photo is from a 2018 protest in France about fuel tax hikes where protesters wore yellow vests. 

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    >Full screen 1/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Muralist Victor Roman, of Brooklyn, paints on the side of a shipping container at an event where a container holding a 1:16 replica of the Statue of Liberty is being off loaded. Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
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    Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    3/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    4/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Muralist Victor Roman, of Brooklyn, paints on the side of a shipping container at an event where a container holding a 1:16 replica of the Statue of Liberty is being off loaded. Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    6/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    7/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    French veterans of the Algerian War hold the French and American flags during the opening ceremony. Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    8/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    9/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    From left, Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States, talks with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at the event. Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
    Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/10 SLIDES © Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
    Muralist Victor Roman, of Brooklyn, paints on the side of a shipping container at an event where a container holding a 1:16 replica of the Statue of Liberty is being off loaded. Following the same path as the original Statue of Liberty, the Statue of LibertyÕs ÒLittle SisterÓ arrived at Port Elizabeth on June 30th from France. This replica is made from the same plaster mold as the 1878 original from Auguste Bartholdi. Weighing 1,000 pounds and at 9-feet tall, the statue will be aboard the CMA CGM NERVAL ship traveling from Le Havre, France. The trip took 9 days and will be on display July 1st at Ellis Island, then transported to the residence of the Ambassador or France to the United States in Washington D.C.
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    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Viral image depicts 2018 protest in France about fuel tax hikes

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