Fact Check-Paris videos of people lying and fighting in streets are from 2016

Footage of people lying on mattresses alongside discarded belongings and bedding shows the aftermath of a raid by authorities on a migrant camp in the city in 2016. The clip has been merged with another video showing clashes in Paris in 2016. The videos do not depict the current garbage-workers strike and protests in the French capital.

Users sharing the clips on social media claim they are new and compare France to a “third world country” here and here .

Garbage has piled up in Paris in March 2023 after pension reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron prompted worker strikes. There have also been scenes of violent clashes with the police during protests against the pension bill (here and here).

The first video, however, appears to show scenes in October 2016 following an immigration raid on a camp in the French capital (here). The clip, originally posted on YouTube by a now-deleted account, was archived here .

The second clip appears to show clashes outside Paris Stalingrad Metro station in April 2016 (here). It was shared on YouTube on April 15, 2016 ( Reuters did not independently verify who the clashes involved.


Miscaptioned. The videos do not show Paris in 2023 but depict scenes from the French capital in 2016.

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