Fact Check-Video of French police clashing with firefighters is from 2020

Footage of a face-off between French police and firefighters during a protest in 2020 has been falsely linked online to demonstrations in 2023 against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the pension age.

“An astonishing video of French firefighters taking on police in Paris four days ago,” wrote one user sharing the video on Facebook on March 28 (here).

Other examples of the claim can be seen (here) and (here).

But the video was originally shared by French news agency Hors-Zone Press in January 2020 (here).

According to a Reuters report, the 2020 clash broke out while French firefighters were demonstrating over their working conditions and demanding more pay (here).

The video resurfaced online in March 2023 as hundreds of thousands of protesters marched against Macron's plan and violent clashes with police erupted, Reuters reported (here).


Miscaptioned. The video shows a clash between French police and firefighters during a demonstration in 2020.

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