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Fake News: French Riot Police Did NOT Loot A Store During #GiletsJaunes Protest

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 06 Jan 2019 22:09:48 Z)

Did French riot police officers loot a store during recent "Gillets Jaunes" protests in France? No, that's not true. The confusion was caused by a viral tweet from a user by the name "Prins Heerlijk" (Jay_K_83), archived here, video archived here:

Translation: "Cops that loot!? #giletsjaunes".

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/Jay_K_83/status/1081868293164724224?s=19

However it was quickly pointed out the police officers in the video wore clothing emblazoned with "Policia", which is not French (French police would have "Police" or something similar).

The video was actually from Mexico where some officers did loot a store in 2017:

Mexican riot police are caught on CCTV looting electrical gadgets

Officers were at the Plaze Meave shopping centre, Mexico City, Mexico The riot squad had been called after a gang of thieves targeted stores there But more than a dozen officers ended up helping themselves to products This is the shocking moment riot police were caught on camera stealing from a mobile phone shop in Mexico.

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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