On October 16, French teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated in Paris for showing his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class about freedom of expression. President Emmanuel Marcon, in his staunch condemnation of the attack, supported the display of Muhammed’s drawings even as it remains a contentious issue in Islam. A few days hence, three church-goers were killed in Nice, further dividing the French population. “An opinion poll after Paty’s murder found 79% of respondents felt “Islamism had declared war” on France and the French republic,” reported Scroll. The attacks have triggered public questioning of the loyalty of French Muslims.

Social media users have now shared a 16-second video of a man attacking a burkha-clad woman walking down the street with children. “Such a trend has started in France (फ्रांस से रुझान आने शुरू),” reads the celebratory claim. The video has been widely shared on Twitter. @Aviknandi3 posted this video on October 31. Since then it has been viewed over 30,000 times. (archived link)

Some Facebook users have also posted this video.

Old video from Russia

Using InVID, a video verification browser plugin, Alt News performed a reverse image search on Google. Google-generated keywords described the picture as “muslim mother is attacked in nizhnekamsk”.

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One of the search results led us to a tweet by Byline Times and columnist CJ Werleman. “A Muslim mother brutally attacked in front of her children in Nizhnekamsk city, Republic of Tatarstan. (via DOAM)” he wrote on July 8. Twitter account Documenting Oppression Against Muslims (DOAM) had posted the video a day earlier.

The incident was also reported by Tatarstan State TV and Radio Company and a Russian news website. As per the reports, a 34-year old man was arrested for attacking a pregnant woman and other pedestrians.

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Arabic news website Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported the same on July 9.

Thus a video from July that shows a man attacking a mother in front of her children in Nizhnekamsk, Russia has been falsely shared as France.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.