Fact Check-Widely shared photo does not show 2021 protests in France; it shows FIFA World Cup celebrations in 2018 

Hundreds of social media users have miscaptioned a photo of crowds lining a street in Paris by saying it shows a recent pandemic-related protest. However, the photo was captured in 2018 and shows France celebrating after winning the FIFA World Cup.

In the image, a woman draped in the French tricolore looks from a height onto thousands of people gathered on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook since July 17 in the context of demonstrations against mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers and COVID-19 health passes (here , here , here , here , and here).

One individual who shared the image said: “Wow the anti [vaccine] protests in France are huge!” (here)

More than 100,000 people protested after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the new measures, which revealed people would soon need to provide a COVID-free certificate to enter places such as restaurants and cinemas (here).

Reuters photos and video captured during the protest can be viewed and here .

However, the picture showing thousands on the Champs-Elysees was captured several years earlier – and shows people celebrating France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final.

It was taken by AFP photographer Ludovic Marin and can be seen on Getty Images .

The Getty caption reads: “This picture taken from the top of the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) on July 15, 2018 shows people celebrating France’s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.”


Miscaptioned. An image being shared online shows celebrations in Paris after France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. It does not depict protests held on July 17 against mandatory vaccinations for healthcare staff in France.

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