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Since February 17, two photos supposed to have been taken during Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Toulouse on Wednesday February 16 have been shared by many Twitter and Facebook accounts to denounce the staging of a “fake walkabout”. But these images, which have garnered several thousand “likes”, are not recent, they were in fact taken in 2017.
Verification in a nutshell
- Two photos supposed to have been taken during Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Toulouse on February 16, 2022 were shared by many Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- According to some Internet users, these images would show that the president would have organized a “fake walkabout” having in fact brought together only a small number of people.
- In reality, these photos date from September 2017, so they have nothing to do with the current presidential campaign.
The details of the check
“Selected audience”, “almost deserted place”, “complicated to find extras”… On February 17, several Facebook and Twitter accounts, in particular supporters of Éric Zemmour or even opposed to the health policy led by the government, have shared two photos supposed to have been taken during Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Toulouse on Wednesday February 16. According to them, the comparison between these two images would prove that the President of the Republic participated in a “fake walkabout” which would in fact have brought together only a small number of people. But if these images have been criticized by some media because of their “staged”, they were actually taken in September 2017.
To verify the origin of these photos, we performed a reverse image search (see here how to do it) with the Google Lens tool. We find the photo showing Emmanuel Macron shaking hands in several articles published by French media in September 2017.
In an article published on September 11, 2017 and entitled “Crowd bath and demonstration for the arrival of Emmanuel Macron in Toulouse”, Europe 1 then shared the same photo of the president greeting several people. The legend allows us to find its exact origin: it was taken on September 11, 2017 by press photographer Pascal Pavani, for the Agence France Presse (AFP) website.
The second image, which consists of an aerial shot of the Place du Capitole, can also be found thanks to a reverse image search. It is found in particular in an article on the website Stop on images entitled “Macron and the Occitan crowds: question of framing”. Published on September 12, 2017, this article looks back on the same trip by Emmanuel Macron that took place on September 11, 2017.
Journalist Daniel Schneidermann notes above all the gap between the photos of Emmanuel Macron in the middle of a crowd and this video taken at the same time in aerial view. From one angle to the other, the crowd surrounding the president seems more or less important. Although this comparison does indeed demonstrate a certain staging of Emmanuel Macron’s walkabout in Toulouse, it therefore dates in reality from September 11, 2017, and not from February 16, 2022 as some Twitter accounts seek to make believe.
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