French police showed solidarity with the “yellow vests” protesters

Summary

Two dozen policemen removed their helmets in front of “yellow vests” protesters in France, showing solidarity with them.

Disproof

According to French media, the gesture of policemen responded to a "negotiation" with the "yellow vest" protesters, it was not a sign of solidarity.

The case was reported by Bloomberg, which underlined that the information about the police supporting the Yellow Vests protesters was coming from Mr Alexander Langlois, representative of the Vigi police union. The union is representing less than 4% of the unions in France and as such, cannot speak for all of them.

Further debunking by AFP.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: yellow vests, Protest
  • Outlet: News Front
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French police in solidarity with the ‘yellow vests’ protesters

Majority of French police forces support the Yellow Vests protesters. One of the signs of solidarity with the movement was shown in the city of Pau, where policemen took off their helmets in front of the protesters.

Disproof

The case was reported by Bloomberg, which underlined that the information about the police supporting the Yellow Vests protesters was coming from Mr Alexander Langlois, representative of the Vigi police union. The union is representing less than 4% of the unions in France and as such, cannot speak for all of them. After Bloomberg's article, both Sputnik and RT published corrections. RT indicated in a statement that the information from Mr Langlois 'sounded like it was a part of a large plot of Paris protesters'. Sputnik said that there was, in fact, no evidence that the removal of helmets was an act of solidarity with the protesters.

According to French media, the gesture of policemen responded to a "negotiation" with the "yellow vests" protesters, It was not a sign of solidarity. Further debunking by AFP.

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about supposed chemical provocations in Donbas.

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Disproof

The message is based on a claim of a Russian-backed separatist leader, with no evidence given. This is classic whataboutism - it is Russia that has used computer games and fake videos as supposed evidence.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about supposed chemical provocations in Donbas.