France, the Yellow Vests, Fake News and Media Sensationalism – Part 4

A credible journalist will not just throw any information out there. They will not report it if they know it is false as to not harm their credibility. A person might say “Why hasn’t the media reported on this? They must be hiding the truth from us!”

Let’s consider this instead. The mainstream media has not reported on it because it’s either fake news, or they did report it when the incident first occured, maybe five or so years ago but are presenting it again as a recent event by manipulating its date and/or location.

I have already pointed out five very important facts related to the yellow vests in part 1, part 2, and part 3 as well as my article on Paul Joseph Watson:

  • Unauthorised protests are already illegal in France, since 2002, as well as concealing ones face in public since 2010. 
  • Police violence towards protesters is not something new to France, try as far back as 1968.
  • The anti-breaker law is unrelated to the yellow vests.
  • Armed police, snipers on roof tops, and “French police dressed for war” had been put in place and witnessed in France during ‘sensitive’ events, including music concerts, since the November 2015 terrorist attack.
  • Emmanuel Macron has not called for a European Army.

Always keep in mind that it is in the interests of many people to mislead the public. And if you tend to agree with their cause, that may leave you less vigilant than usual when it comes to checking the image or source. Always have doubts, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you need a helping hand.

A group of anti-war activists are busy spreading their version of events in France. They are the most influential Twitter users commenting on the conflict in Syria. They have Twitter followings reaching into the tens or hundreds of thousands.

I had written articles about the conflict in Syria, where I praised them for their work but now they seem to be lying about France and pushing for more war, especially when one claims to have been residing in France for eighteen years, even at the time when this movement first emerged, so she should know the laws of this country as a ‘journalist’.

One possibility is that they are what you call ‘controlled opposition’, which is why they are writing and sharing false and misleading articles. That is only up to you to research and decide. Perhaps my articles might help you decide that for yourself, maybe not. Only time will tell of their true intentions.

My only observation, as someone living in France, is that the ‘independent journalists’ reporting on this alleged genuine movement seem to have one thing in common – they want to provoke (global) uprisings.

Let’s be more honest about this image:


The grenade rolls on the ground then stops – an individual leans down to pick it up so he can relaunch it back at the police but the grenade explodes when he puts his hand on it and hurt another person on their right leg:

You can view the same scene filmed much more closer:

It is a young man who finds himself mutilated for nothing. It is of such sadness that people are willing to sacrifice eyes and limbs for a cause that is leading them nowhere (or is orchestrated by the elite).

When the forces de l’ordre gives the order to disperse and one disobeys by trying to pick up a GLIF4 grendade to relaunch it back to the police, unfortunately they pay the consequences. Can one call this a deliberate act of police violence? You can see in the video that other protestors threw cobblestones at the police, so if the use is justified, the investigation will determine who is at fault.

On Facebook, these images were shared more than 36,000 times to criticise the police response towards the yellow vests:

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One image concerns a country other than France, and four is prior to the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. The first, on the top left, of a bloody man with a torn t-shirt, was actually taken in Spain during the Catalan referendum in autumn 2017. Several media, such as the BBC in Arabic or the Telegraph, had used it in articles. It is also not from France since “Policia” is written on the uniform of the policewoman on the left.

The photo on the bottom left, of a bearded and bloodied man, is an AFP photo of June 14, 2016, during the demonstration against the Labor law in Paris, and was taken by the photographer Alain Jocard. You can find other photos of this man taken the same day by the photographer. The photo on the bottom right, of a man with a bloody face surrounded by CRS, was taken in September 2016 during the French demonstrations against the Labor law. It was also broadcast on this Turkish site. The photo above on the right, where a man seems to be dragged to the ground by police officers, was broadcast in March 2016 by a Russian television network, which claims the credit on its site. It was taken in France during demonstrations against the Labor law. The photo on the top right of protesters in front of the Arc de Triomphe with a van on fire was taken on November 24, 2018 by Pascal Rostain, photographer of Paris Match.

They are circulating old photos and cry conspiracy.

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Remember that this is not a new law, as it has been in effect since October 2010:


Lets also consider their sources:

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She tweets without giving any real facts related to this incident, nor does she cite from any French sources that would be more accurate and reliable than a source outside of France.

The Zero hedge founder is Bulgarian-Jewish in origin, and also moved in September 2007 to the Connecticut-based hedge fund Wexford Capital LLC, run by former Goldman Sachs traders. Rothschild = Goldman Sachs of Europe. Zero hedge has long been spreading fake news about France and Muslims, yet claims to “expose” Israel’s plot against America.

Lets consider this article and his own sources:

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The Gatestone Institute, is a right-wing Zionist and anti-Islam “non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council” with a focus on Islam and the Middle East. I have already written about their fake news directed towards France, here. I also dedicated an article to these so-called “poverty-ridden and crime infested neighbourhoods” known as ZUS, here.

Here is another article:

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Again, “via The Gatestone Institute”.

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I already wrote a rebuttal.

Access to medical care and food aid are fundamental rights to which every human being must have access to when he or she is on the ground of one of the 193 member countries of the UN. These rights have been recognised since the signing of the Geneva Convention in 1951 by the unanimous consent of the countries present and represented.

What social assistance are illegal immigrants really entitled to in France? It is accessible to French and foreigners in possession of a residence permit and a certificate from the prefecture indicating that the person is authorised to work for 5 years, as detailed on the site Undocumented migrants are not entitiled to social assistance.

As for residence permits, I wrote about this already, here.

“When the French Board of Immigration talks about migrants, they mean something much broader and include temporary guest workers, labour immigration, students, immigrants from other European countries…” Who all require a residence permit. “Thus, by equivocating these two distinct definitions of “immigrant”, they can artificially inflate the numbers and give the appearance that France is being flooded with thousands of North African and Middle Eastern “Muslim” refugees per year.” In 2017, 88,000 students received a residence permit. Most of these students leave France within two years of arriving.

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Again, as I mentioned above, I wrote a rebuttal on alleged “no-go zones” and “ZUS”.

The following is also false:

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The controversial quote comes from an interview of the President on Europe 1 with Nikos Aliagas on November 6th. After five minutes, while Macron denounces the rise of nationalism in Europe, he tackles the subject of European security. Here are his comments on the subject in full (from 4m 38s):

“When I look at the world we live in, Europe is increasingly fractured. When I look at the world we live in, you have authoritarian powers that re-emerge and re-emerge on the edge of Europe. We are rocked by attempts to intrude into cyberspace and the intervention elsewhere in our democratic life of many … We must protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States of America. When I see President Trump announce a few weeks ago the fact that they are coming out of a major disarmament treaty, which was taken, I recall it after the euromissile crisis in the mid-1980s, which had hit the Europe, who is the main victim? Europe and its security”.

It concerned the threats of cyberattacks, and that there are American hackers.  Macron never said that it was necessary to create a European army against the United States. He combined the threat of Russia, China, and the United States in one sentence, but then evoked cyberattacks.”

As for the poverty rate in France: “it increased from 13.2% of the population at the beginning of the 2008 crisis to 14% in 2017, peaking at 14.6% in 2011. In 2017, the share of the population living below the poverty line, was a rate unchanged from the previous year. This rate has been relatively stable for 10 years, according to INSEE’s updated series, which rose from 13.2% at the start of the crisis in 2008 to 14% in 2017, peaking at 14.6% in 2011 (8%). 97 million people). That’s a rise of 0.8 point in a decade.

This rate, on the other hand, is one of the lowest in Europe, placing France among the best on the continent, along with the Netherlands, Slovakia, Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic:


It is important to consider the date and context of anything shared on social media. Many images and videos being shared are either not related to the yellow vests, or during the presidency of Macron, or not related to France at all. Many incidences are also being taken out of context by stating that the yellow vests are unarmed and peaceful. Which is not the case for many, but not for all.

After dedicating five articles on the yellow vest movement, those accusing others of fake news to discredit the yellow vests, is a simple case of pot calling the kettle black.

Feel free to share your thoughts.


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