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The video is a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) first shared by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.
This Facebook video supposedly of a bomb blast in Paris, France, is FALSE.
The video features a person standing on a balcony overlooking the Paris cityscape and stretching hands to highlight the Eiffel Tower. Seconds later, there is a bomb blast at the tower, which collapses under its weight. The person scampers from the video frame and a fighter jet flies past, leaving a trail of destruction. The camera pans to show a huge cloud of smoke above the debris.
“This isn’t Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. This is France where 9% of the population has brought down entire cities!” reads the description accompanying the Facebook reel. A number of hashtags including “#FrancehasFallen” accompanies the reel.
PesaCheck took a screenshot of one of the frames of the video and performed a reverse image search on it. One of the search results is an article by Forbes, indicating that the video was originally shared by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in March 2022. The video, available on the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence’s Twitter page, highlights the Russian-Ukraine crisis.
While at the end the video indicates it was simulated, the version we are fact-checking does not carry the disclaimer.
CGI uses imaging software such as Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Maya to create still or animated visual content.
PesaCheck has examined the video claiming to show a bomb blast in Paris, France, and found it to be FALSE.
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This fact-check was written by PesaCheck senior fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck’s managing editor Doreen Wainainah.