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Old video is being passed off as French embassy set on fire in the wake of the latest protests against Emmanuel Macron

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A post with a video that shows a building set on fire by a mob is being widely shared on social media. The post claims that protesters in Sudan set fire to the French Embassy in the wake of the ongoing protests against France President Emmanuel Macron’s statements on Islam. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of this post can be found here

Claim: Video of Muslim protesters setting fire to the French embassy in Khartoum, Sudan in the wake of ongoing protests against the statements of the French President on Islam.

Fact: The video is actually of protesters setting fire to the German embassy in Khartoum, Sudan back in 2012 showing their anger over a film denigrating Prophet Muhammad. The video has nothing to do with ongoing protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s statements on Islam. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Reverse image search of the screenshots of the video in the post led us to a 2012 news article which carried a similar video. According to the article, the video is of protesters in Khartoum, Sudan besieging embassies of Britain, Germany and US as part of a protest against a film denigrating Prophet Muhammad.  And the building which is set on fire as shown in the video is actually the German embassy in Sudan.

Taking a cue from the news article, further Google search with relevant keywords led us to another news video which carried similar visuals like that of the video in the post. Even this video confirms that the incident is of 2012 protests in Sudan. Other news articles which reported the incident can be read here and here.  We also could not find any recent news reports related to the French embassy being set on fire in Sudan. With all these, we can conclude that the video in the post is of protesters in Sudan setting fire to the German embassy back in 2012 and the video has nothing to do with ongoing protests against the French President Emmanuel Macron.

In the wake of the outrage by Muslim countries against the statements by France President Emmanuel Macron regarding Islam, posts similar to the one in the post are being widely circulated across all social media platforms with misleading claims.

To sum it up, the video is actually of protesters setting fire to the German embassy in Khartoum, Sudan back in 2012.

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