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Fake News: African Migrant Did NOT Make Mother And Three Daughters Pregnant Before Running Away

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:04:18 Z)

Did an African migrant from Senegal seek revenge on his boss in Paris, France by impregnating the wife and three daughters of the man before taking flight? No, that's not true: the story was created by a French website with a well hidden satire disclaimer, using an old unrelated photo. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by Journal des Insolites on November 16, 2018 titled "France: Un migrant africain enceinte une mère, ses trois filles et prend la fuite" (archived here) which opened:

Un migrant africain âgé de 23 ans s'est enfui après avoir mis enceinte une mère et ses trois filles dan la ville de Paris. Ce migrant de 23 ans originaire du Sénégal a déclaré qu'il voulait se venger de son patron pour les mauvaises conditions de travail auxquelles il a été soumis.

La mère et ses trois filles ont découvert qu'elles étaient toutes enceintes lorsqu'elles se sont présentées pour leur bilan de santé régulier. le médecin de famille a été choqué de constater que même la dernière fille de la maison, âgée de 15 ans, était également enceinte.

Translation:

A 23-year-old African migrant fled after having pregnant a mother and her three daughters in the city of Paris. The 23-year-old migrant from Senegal said he wanted revenge on his boss for the poor working conditions he was subjected to.

The mother and her three daughters discovered that they were all pregnant when they presented for their regular checkup. the family doctor was shocked to find that even the last girl in the house, aged 15, was also pregnant.

Screenshot of http://www.24jours.com/france-un-migrant-africain-enceinte-une-mere-ses-trois-filles-et-prend-la-fuite/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail, not making it clear it was a fictional story:

France: Un migrant africain enceinte une mère, ses trois filles et prend la fuite

Un migrant africain âgé de 23 ans s'est enfui après avoir mis enceinte une mère et ses trois filles dan la ville de Paris. Ce migrant de 23 ans originaire du Sénégal a déclaré qu'il voulait

According to image search website Tineye the photo used to illustrate the story has been going around the internet since 2008, often used as an example of bad parenting (although we were unable to find out who the people in the picture are or what their relationship is):

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The site that posted the migrant story features a disclaimer 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.

Si vous voulez des info vérifiées, veuillez regarder France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez le site.

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.

If you want verified info, please watch France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. We hope you enjoy the site.

The news was already copied by at least one site that didn't indicate the story was not true:

Insolite-France: Un migrant sénégalais de 23 ans enceinte une mère, ses trois filles et prend la fuite...

Insolite-France: Un migrant sénégalais de 23 ans enceinte une mère, ses trois filles et prend la fuite... Un migrant africain âgé de 23 ans s'est enfui après avoir mis enceinte une mère et ses trois filles dan la ville de Paris.

We wrote about 24jours.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention 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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