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Fake News: Gypsies DID NOT Install Their Caravans On The Champs-Élysées In Paris For Gilets Jaunes Protests

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:18:07 Z)

Did several gypsy clans show up in Paris and did they install their caravans on the Champs-Élysées to participate in the Gilets Jaunes protests after ex-boxer Christophe Dettinger was arrested last week for attacking the police? No, that's not true: a satirical website posted a story with a doctored photo of caravans near the iconic Arc de Triomphe but it is not real.

The story originated from an article published by Secret News on January 11, 2019 titled "Gilets Jaunes : les Gitans installent leurs caravanes sur les Champs-Élysées" (archived here) which opened:

#Acte9 - Depuis la garde à vue de l'ex-boxeur Christophe Dettinger, arrêté après l'acte 8 des gilets jaunes, les gens du voyage convergent vers Paris. Les premières caravanes sont arrivées ce matin sur les Champs-Élysées. Depuis quelques jours, les gens du voyages de toute l'Europe convergent vers Paris suite à l'appel des cousins Lopez, réconciliées pour l'occasion. Les Gitans ont déjà commencé à installer leurs caravanes sur les Champs-Élysées, sans la moindre autorisation.

Translation:

# Acte9 - Since the custody of former boxer Christophe Dettinger, arrested after act 8 yellow vests, travelers converge on Paris. The first caravans arrived this morning on the Champs-Élysées. In recent days, people from all over Europe converge on Paris following the call of cousins Lopez, reconciled for the occasion. The Gypsies have already begun to install their caravans on the Champs-Élysées, without any authorization.

Screenshot of http://secretnews.fr/2019/01/11/gilets-jaunes-gitans-caravanes-champs-elysees/

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Gilets Jaunes : les Gitans installent leurs caravanes sur les Champs-Élysées

#Acte9 - Depuis la garde à vue de l'ex-boxeur Christophe Dettinger, arrêté après l'acte 8 des gilets jaunes, les gens du voyage convergent vers Paris. Les premières caravanes sont arrivées ce matin sur les Champs-Élysées. Depuis quelques jours, les gens du voyages de toute l'Europe convergent vers Paris suite à l'appel des cousins Lopez, réconciliées pour l'occasion. Les Gitans ont déjà commencé à installer leurs caravanes sur les Champs-Élysées, sans la moindre autorisation.

But the image of the caravans already appeared in a 2014 article and it is clearly photoshopped on top of a photo showing the Arc de Triomphe:

sainte marie de la mer - BABORLELEFAN

Il y a quelques temps, dans le cadre d'une reconversion professionnelle j'ai voulu devenir un gitan, et quoi de mieux avant de se lancer dans l'aventure que de converser avec un membre actif de cette communauté. Encore un grand merci à Cristophe, que j'ai trouvé sur ce fabuleux groupe, d'avoir répondu à toutes mes questions !

The site secretnews.fr carries following disclaimer at the bottom of the page:

Copyright © 2019 SecretNews. Média d'actualité depuis 1886
Toutes les informations présentes sur ce site sont satiriques et/ou parodiques. L'utilisation de noms de personnalités ou d'entreprises est ici à but purement satirique. Les opinions ou idées développées sont fausses et ne peuvent être tenues comme authentiques.

Translation:

Copyright © 2019 SecretNews. News media since 1886
All information on this site is satirical and / or parodic. The use of names of personalities or companies is here for purely satirical purpose. The opinions or ideas developed are false and can not be regarded as authentic.

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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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