Recently, a clip of an egg thrown at French president Emmanuel Macron has been going viral. Several users shared the video claiming that the incident is recent. It is being linked to the backlash faced by Macron after his condemnation of the Islamic religion following the murder of a teacher in Paris. On October 16, middle school teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by a Moscow-born teenager.  Macron who had earlier said that migrants arriving in the country would have to respect the French “right to blaspheme” has come out stronger in his criticism of Islam.

A Facebook page named ‘Ilyas Sharafuddin Slave Of Allah’ shared the video and wrote, “An egg was thrown at the French head of state.” This video had received over 89,000 views at the time of writing. (archived link)

France Ke Sadar Ke Sar Per Anda Phoota … ILYAS SHARAFUDDIN SLAVE OF ALLAH

France Ke Sadar Ke Sar Per Anda Phoota … ILYAS SHARAFUDDIN SLAVE OF ALLAH

Posted by Ilyas Sharafuddin Slave Of Allah on Monday, 26 October 2020 

Another Facebook page, ‘Sajid Hashmat’, posted the video on October 26, accusing Macron of disrespecting the Prophet. The accompanying caption read, “Kudos to the thrower’s perfect aim.” (archived link)

 

फ्रांस में ही गुस्ताख ए रसूल फ्रांस के राष्ट्रपति #EmmanuelMacron के सिर पर अंडा फेंक कर मारा गया ।

सटीक निशाना लगाने वाले को करोड़ों सलाम।

Posted by Sajid Hashmat on Monday, 26 October 2020

Twitter user @speedytohike tweeted this clip with the same claim. (archived link)

The video has since been spreading wildely on both Twitter and Facebook. It was also covered by Pakistani news portal Baaghi TV in a report from October 27.

Fact-check

Alt News performed a keyword search and found the source clip on YouTube, uploaded on March 2, 2017. The video description mentions that then-presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was egged.

We also found a report by the British newspaper Daily Express dated March 1, 2017. It says that Macron came to attend an agricultural show in Paris. He was the Commerce Minister at the time and was contesting the upcoming presidential elections. A few eggs were thrown at him while interacting with the public. His guards rushed for cover and began searching for the attacker.

Russian media outlet Ruptly posted a video from another angle.

 

Therefore, a three-year-old video of Emmanuel Macron egged was shared as recent and falsely linked to the French President’s comments on Islam in response to the Paris beheading.

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