Several Facebook users have shared an image of French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with the claim that the latter refused to shake hands with the former. This image has been shared after President Erdogan criticised the French President’s remarks on Islam. Last month, President Erdogan also recommended boycotting French goods.

The image has been shared with the text, “Turkey president Rajab Tayub Erdogan refused to handshake with France president Macron.” The text misspells the Turkish president’s name,

A Facebook user shared this image on November 5. (archived link)

Other Facebook users also posted this image.

Old image viral with false claim

Alt News performed a reverse image research on Google and found multiple articles that carried the viral image including CNN Arabic on October 26. A second reverse image search on TinEye revealed that the picture was uploaded on Getty Images in 2018.

“French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with his counterpart Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the UN headquarters during the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 25, 2018,” read the Getty Image caption. It has been credited to photographer Ludovic Marin from AFP.

On the same day, another picture of the two Presidents shaking hands was uploaded on Getty Images.

It was also tweeted by Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communications on September 26, 2018. Turkey-based Rûdaw Media Group uploaded a clip of the handshake as well.

Therefore a 2018 image of French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at UN headquarters in New York City was shared with the false claim that the two did not shake hands. The image was linked to the recent tensions between France and Turkey after President Macron’s remarks on Islam and French teacher Samuel Paty’s beheading by a Muslim fundamentalist.

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