Fake News in 2017 French Presidential Election

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FAKE NEWS 1: The Marine Hotel on Place de la Concorde in Paris, which is the former ministry of the Navy and Colonies, will be converted into a memorial focusing on slavery and its abolition

  • DATE: 18 March 2017
  • FACTS: The rumour was based on an article published by Minute, an extreme right-wing website, in which it cited a report on the remembrance of slavery given to the Interior Minister in March. In the report, the authors suggested several locations including the Marine Hotel, which is currently being renovated. The Centre for National Monuments was asked if the claim was true. It replied: “The answer is no”

FAKE NEWS 2: A post on Twitter account @AudreyPatriote was shared by more than 400 accounts, prompting claims that Al-Qaeda had pledged support for Mr Macron. The tweet included a screenshot of an article from a newspaper that is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The tweet was captioned: “Al-Qaeda has chosen its candidate and it is #Macron…”

  • DATE: 22 March 2017
  • FACTS: The article published by Al-Masra, which is a newspaper affiliated with Al-Qaeda, does not state any support for Mr Macron.

FAKE NEWS 3: Europe Israel claimed that the tombstones were damaged in an anti-Semitic attack on the Jewish cemetery

  • DATE: 24 March 2017
  • FACTS: The images of the damaged tombs spread on social media and, two days later, Paris City Hall issued a press release saying a police investigation had concluded that a truck driver travelling over the speed limit had hit the tombstones while trying to avoid a car

FAKE NEWS 4: The Russian news website, Life, claimed that “Moscow will help Le Pen win the elections”

  • DATE: 24 March 2017
  • FACTS: The post links to an opinion column by political scientist Dmitri Rodionov. It does not make any allegations of Kremlin support for Ms Le Pen. It states that she is not deterred by opinion in Europe of her visit to Russia. The piece was published on the day Ms Le Pen visited Russia

FAKE NEWS 5: The French website, Resistance Republicaine, claimed that Emmanuel Macron planned to “establish Sharia in Mayotte”, including allowing polygamy Resistance Republicaine 30.03.2017

  • DATE: 30 March 2017
  • FACTS: The claim surfaced thanks to a speech by a Macron supporter on the island, who has no official connection to the presidential candidate

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