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Fake News: Young French Woman Did NOT Infect 630 African Migrants With AIDS As Vengeance For Illegal Immigration

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:42:54 Z)

Did a young woman named Nicoline infect over 630 migrants from African countries like Cameroon or Ivory Coast with AIDS out of "vengeance" against illegal immigration to France? No, that's not true: the story was launched by a French site with a satire disclaimer which has posted other untrue stories before. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by Journal des Insolites on October 16, 2018 titled "Une jeune française avoue: j'ai transmis le VIH/SIDA à 630 migrants africains" (archived here) which opened:

Une étudiante a, sur une période de 2 ans, infecté plus de 630 migrants africain avec le virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH) pour dit-elle se «venger» des africain d'avoir immigré illégalement dans son pays.

Nicoline, prétend avoir infecté plusieurs jeune d'origine Camerounais, des Ivoirien, des étudiants et d'autres personnalités des pays africain. Selon le rapport non confirmé, son but était d'infecter au moins 2.000 migrant avec le virus du SIDA.

Sa vengeance a été accueillie avec un gros choc et une grande condamnation sur les médias sociaux. Son nouvel objectif selon elle, est d'infecter au moins 2.000 migrant africain avant 2020.

Screenshot of http://www.24jours.com/une-jeune-francaise-avoue-jai-transmis-le-vih-sida-a-630-migrants-africains/

A quick Google Translation of that reads:

A student, over a period of 2 years, infected more than 630 African migrants with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for saying she was "avenging" Africans for illegally immigrating to her country.

Nicoline, claims to have infected several young Cameroonians, Ivorians, students and other personalities of African countries. According to the unconfirmed report, his goal was to infect at least 2,000 migrants with the AIDS virus.

His vengeance was met with a big shock and a big condemnation on social media. Her new goal, according to her, is to infect at least 2,000 African migrants before 2020.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so many of them mistook it for real news:

Une jeune française avoue: j'ai transmis le VIH/SIDA à 630 migrants africains

Une étudiante a, sur une période de 2 ans, infecté plus de 630 migrants africain avec le virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH) pour dit-elle se «venger» des africain d'avoir immigré illégalement dans son pays. Nicoline, prétend avoir

However, the site that posted the hoax has a disclaimer (archived here) that reads:

24Jours.com assume toute la responsabilité de la nature satirique de certains de ses articles et de la nature fictive de certains contenus. Tous les personnages apparaissant dans certains articles de ce site Web - même ceux basés sur de vraies personnes - sont entièrement fictifs et toute ressemblance entre eux et toute personne, vivante, morte ou mort-vivante, est purement un miracle.

Translation:

24Jours.com assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of some of its articles and the fictional nature of certain content. All the characters appearing in certain articles on this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

We wrote about 24jours.com before, here is our most recent article that mentions the site:

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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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