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The Notre-Dame fire might have been a terror attack

Summary of Disinformation

Could the Notre Dame fire in Paris be a terror-attack kept secret from the people? Could be, and the motive for this secrecy is obvious. EU elections take place in few weeks’ time. If just before the election the public would be informed that for example Muslims have burned one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe, this would have an impact on the outcome of the elections. This is a big motive to keep the real cause of the fire a secret.


Recurring disinformation about the causes of the Notre Dame of Paris fire.

The cause of the fire at Notre Dame is not yet clear, the investigation is ongoing. According to the official investigation, most likely an accident occurred due to renovation works activity, which started more then one year ago at Notre-Dame. In particular, according to firemen, the fire started in the area under renovation. The fire began from a spire which was encircled in scaffolding.

See other disinformation cases on Notre Dame fire.

MV-lehti's editor in chief resided for years in occupied Donetsk and founded another media outlet there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.

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Reported in: Issue 151
Date: 24.04.2019
Language: Finnish
Country: France
Keywords: Notre Dame, EU elections 2019, Muslim/Islam
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: MV-lehti
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