Leftist or Islamist extremism caused the fire at Notre Dame

Summary

It is too early to rule out “natural causes” for the fire at Notre Dame of Paris, but it is possible that the cathedral was set ablaze either by the Yellow Vests as an attack on Macron, or by Islamist extremists. Even if the Islamist are not responsible for the fire, the very fact that some young supporters of radical Islam has expressed joy about this event is horrible. The fire from Notre Dame will set all of Europe on fire.

Disproof

Unfounded claims, presented without any evidence.

Hinting on conspiracies is an instrument often used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets, suggesting for example "False Flag Operations" are behind current event like the Skripal Case.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: Notre Dame, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: REN-TV
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The Skripal case crumbles due to the lack of proof of Russia’s involvement

On the 4th of March 2018 in Salisbury, former GRU agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned, causing a major international scandal. The British authorities have accused the Russian state of being involved in the  poisoning. After one year the Skripal case crumbles due to the lack of proof to indicate Russia’s guilt.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning claiming  that United Kingdom was never able to prove a “Russian trace” and did not provide detailed evidence of Russia’s involvement.

UK government has INDEED provided hard evidence for Russia’s involvement in the poisoning. British police and intelligence investigations have produced hard evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals – identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU – for the attack on the Skripals.

Frequent fires occur in French churches alongside acts of vandalism, the authorities and media minimise them

France has been hit with a string of fires at Catholic churches, some of which occurred alongside acts of vandalism.

Paris’ second largest church, Saint-Sulpice, burst into flames on March 17, the fire damaging doors and stained glass windows. Police later reported that the incident had not been accidental. The story of Saint-Sulpice does not appear to be updated almost a month later suggesting that a deliberate attack of one of Paris’ largest churches was not that newsworthy. 

The images of flames of Saint-Sulpice church are one example of the violence committed against Catholics. Also at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, statues and crosses were smashed and an altar cloth was burned in February.

Don’t jump to conclusions before the facts come out, but keep in mind that churches have been burned across France for the last few months.

Anti-Christian attacks have sharply risen in France since the beginning of 2019.

It’s unclear who is carrying out those attacks or why they did take place. But the real concern is why the French government and media generally underplay them. The true scale is still unknown.

 

Disproof

No evidence given that the French government or media abandoned the stories of fires in churches. On the contrary, the investigation on Saint-Sulpice's church fire led to the conclusion that the fire started from a pile of clothes and "clothes don't ignite by themselves". The pile of clothes belonged to a homeless person and it was probably the result of a dispute between other homeless people.

In the case of Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, located 300 meters away from a school, teenagers who allegedly burnt the altar cloth and committed other acts of vandalism were incriminated using video surveillance data. The presence of cakes in a confessional and the twisted arm of Christ in the form of dab (a popular dance among teenagers) suggest that the authors were more likely to look for troubled teens than religious fanatics, summarizes La Depeche.

The Guardian is controlled by MI6

The UK newspaper The Guardian is controlled by the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Multiple reporters working for the outlet are MI6 operatives.

Although the newspaper originally published some of the Wikileaks documents, it subsequently agreed to destroy all of the leaked data in front of MI6 agents.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Western media outlets as subservient to political/military/security elites of their respective states.

The Guardian is formally owned by a non-profit limited company established specifically to fund the outlet and, simultaneously, guarantee the independence of its staff. Annual reports are published to ensure the transparency of the paper's finances and its adherence to professional standards.