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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Praying Muslim Blocking Tram In Montpellier, France

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:47:22 Z)

Did a praying muslim block a tram in Montpellier, France? A Facebook user named "Michel Delmas" posted a video on March 22, 2018 (embedded below) with a caption saying it happened in Montpellier:

Link to the original post + link to archived version of the post + archived version of the video

The caption read:

Incroyable mais vrai. Ou va al France. Inadmissible. çà se passe a Montpellier


Unbelievable but true. Where is France going? Unacceptable! This is happening in Montpellier

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/michel.delmas1/posts/10204054463919011

Unfortunately Michel was deceived a bit. The video shows a tram in Izmir, Turkey, stopping for a praying man somewhere in 2017:

Video showing man performing prayers on tram line in Turkey's İzmir goes viral

Footage from the western province of İzmir showing a man halting a tram by performing prayers on a tram line has gone viral on social media.

More video:

Liveleak.com - Muslim man prays on tramway track

Tram driver Aysu Tuna: I realized that someone prays while driving. No..

The version Michel posted had various sound effects added and some random unrelated footage of tram passengers around the 1:45 mark (you can tell because there is bright daylight outside while the rest of the video shows dusk).

Need more evidence? Look at the first frame of the video, or a few seconds in: you can clearly see the logo of Izmir's tram company:





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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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