A 2017 video of French citizens protesting against ‘illegal’ street prayers by the Muslim community has been revived amid social media outrage against the beheading of a teacher in Paris over a controversial cartoon on Prophet Mohammed.
The video was recently shared by serial fake-news peddlers Tarek Fatah and Madhu Kishwar on Twitter, stating that as Muslims ‘blocked streets’ while praying, French citizens protested by singing the National Anthem.
The video was also shared with the hashtag ‘boycott french products,’ which started trending as Muslims across the world called for the boycott of French products to protest against the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.
The video was also shared on Facebook recently.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
The video is actually from 2017 from suburb called Clichy, near Paris in France.
A reverse image search led us to several news reports from November 2017, stating that French politicians marched on a street in a Paris suburb in protest against Muslims holding Friday prayers in public, calling it an 'unacceptable use’ of road space.
Visuals similar to the viral video can be seen in a news report by news agency AP.
Further, a BBC report on the protest carries an image of the banner saying, “STOP AUX PRIÈRES DE RUE ILLÉGALES,” (Translation: “STOP ILLEGAL STREET PRAYERS!”).
The same banner can also be seen in the viral video.
Evidently, an old video from 2017 has been revived amid recent tensions in France over the controversial cartoon on Prophet Mohammed.
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