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Questions tagged [france]

Use this tag for questions about claims based in France, or limited to France.

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Are these 'French children held at gun point'?

I've come across this post on facebook several times now. The video shows a group of young people kneeling on the ground with police around them. The text attached is as follows: School children in ...
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Did Talleyrand say “If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another”?

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (a.k.a. Talleyrand) was a French diplomat of the late 18th Century. A number of websites of quotes (for example: [1], [2], [3]) claim that he said: "If we go ...
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Did 16% of French citizens support ISIS in 2014?

According to Newsweek1: One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found. Is this true? 116% of French ...
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Do 16 % of French support ISIS? [duplicate]

Is it possible that 16 % of French support ISIS as ICM claims to find out in its survey? http://www.newsweek.com/16-french-citizens-support-isis-poll-finds-266795
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Did Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an “idiot?”

This article from The Telegraph (June 22, 2018) mentions that Emmanuel Macron called the teenager who was not respectful an "idiot"; emphasis is mine: President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism ...
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Are there shanty towns in Paris?

Recently I started to see many images of shanty towns in Paris, supposedly created by immigrants. One included below is especially popular. Text says: Meanwhile in Paris Is this image true? If ...
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Did Vichy France make shoes and sweaters from human hair?

According to this source, A 1942 government decree asked that all barbershops collect and donate hair to the war effort, to be manufactured into slippers and sweaters. The rebellious zazous refused,...
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Is there a French law governing the shape of the croissant?

Many popular articles, forum discussions, etc. claim that in France, the curved croissants are typically made with margarine, while the straight ones are made with butter (and are ostensibly superior)....
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Can hypnosis drastically modify someone's behavior? [closed]

A French TV program (Stars sous hypnose) shows celebrities who are hypnotized by an (apparently) famous hypnotizer (Mesmer). They then proceed to do incredible things (believing to be vampires, ...
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Do only 800K of 6M Muslims work in France?

Claim that has surfaced in local TV station coverage of French election: There are 6 millions of Muslims in France, but only 800 thousands of them work Are these numbers accurate?
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

I saw this video on Facebook this morning: 2800 churches could be destroyed in France in the next 10 years according to current trends. Catholicism is weakened from inside and outside, ...
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Is there a woman named Lilly who is engaged to a robot she built?

The Daily Mail informs us that: A French woman has revealed she is in love with a robot and determined to marry it. [...] Now, Lilly is reportedly engaged to the robot and says they will marry ...
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Has Egypt sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia?

Claim: Poland's defense minister Antoni Macierewicz says he believes Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1. Associated Press, 21/Oct/2016: Antoni ...
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Does Halal certification fund terrorism?

Australia's One Nation political party claims Halal certification funds terrorism: Do you realise that you are paying a tax/surcharge that funds ISLAMIC SCHOOLS AND MOSQUES, when you do your ...
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Did the UK slip to sixth largest world economy from fifth, less than 24 hours after the EU referendum vote?

Some news sources have reported that in the 24 hours after the UK's results on the EU referendum came through, the UK dropped from 5th largest economy in the world, to 6th, being overtaken by France. ...
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Did people run through the military graveyards at Verdun?

This Dailymail article claims this: Some 3,400 children ran among the graves of soldiers who died in the battle of Verdun as part of a stunt choreographed by German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, ...
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Was Napoleon Bonaparte short?

Is the common belief of Napoleon Bonaparte being a short person true? I've always believed it, but I recently heard that he was actually 1.69m (5 feet 7 inches), which isn't short at all.
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Were the Paris attackers youths from Syria?

Recently, Bill Nye was interviewed by Huff Post Live. In one excerpt of the interview he draws a line of causation from a water shortage in Syria to the November 2015 Paris attacks. He was ...
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Did a Muslim security guard stop the French stadium bombing? [closed]

I have been seeing many reports of people claiming that a French Muslim security guard named "Zouheir" stopped a suicide bomber from entering the stadium where a Germany vs France football match was ...
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Has the Eiffel Tower gone dark in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks?

From Paris under attack: Shootout and explosion in Paris Already the country is mourning the horrific night with the Eiffel Tower going dark as the nation will wake Saturday in a state of shock. ...
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Was Jean-Hugues Anglade mildly wounded in the Thalys shooting?

Several news sources reported and are still reporting French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade was mildly wounded in the 2015 Thalys train attack. He is quoted as claiming that the wound was a cut on his hand ...
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Was the footage showing the policeman being shot in the Charlie Hebdo shootings a hoax?

There are many claims suggesting that Ahmed Merhabet, the policeman allegedly shot and killed by the Charlie Hebdo gunmen, was not actually killed in the way media outlets portrayed. Several ...
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Is obesity correlated with solitary and/or social eating?

The basis of this question is a pair of newspaper articles that appeared in the Guardian just over a year apart. I know, it's not a scholarly journal, and the articles aren't remotely scientific. The ...
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Do African countries have to pay a “colonial tax” to France?

There is a claim that as of today, a lot of African countries are forced to pay a significant percentage of their income to France, and this is the cause of widespread hunger in Africa. 14 African ...
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Are Muslim headscarves banned in France?

@ShujaRabbani (9 January 2015, 528 retweets, 467 favorites) If France wants to prove her honesty in believing in their 'Freedom', show us that you will not force Muslim women to take off their ...
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Did the policeman in charge of the Charlie Hebdo investigation take his own life?

Conspiracy news site, YourNewsWire, posted an article claiming that Commissioner Helric Fredou, the French policeman investigating the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris last week, took his own life last ...
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Are there officially pronounced “no-go” Islamic zones in France?

In this Hannity interview on Fox News on 9 January, 2015, American author Robert Spencer said that: So in France they have set up - the French government lists on a public web-site -751 no-go areas,...
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Were postal stamp depicting LTTE symbols and its chief, Prabhakaran, released by government of France?

There were news saying that France has issued or released a postal stamp of LTTE chief Prabhakaran. I am wondering if such stamps were issued by the French postal services. Here are the some sources ...
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Is it illegal to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France?

It is claimed that it is against the law to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France. It is illegal to sell an ET doll in France. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not ...
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Did Napoleon write an elegy to Imam Hussain(a.s)?

In this YouTube video, noted Pakistani scholar, Allama Zamir Akhtar Naqvi claims (in Urdu) that Napoleon wrote a letter or poem in honour of the historical figure [Imam Hussain] (a.s)(https://en....
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Did Benjamin Franklin almost cause a war between England and France over a hoax letter to a London newspaper?

This story shows up a lot in sites like Reddit: In the late 1700's, a letter appeared in the major London newspaper complaining that England was being forced to take deported French prisoners. The ...
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Was French spelling artificially altered for longer words?

There's a widespread belief that says that the reason for French having so many silent letters is that historically the authors were paid by the letter, so they were tempted to write longer words. ...
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Did Napoleon introduce driving on the right side because he was left-handed?

Traffic has almost always been keep-to-the-left since at least the time of Rome until relatively recently. Some historians, such as C. Northcote Parkinson, believed that ancient travellers on ...
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Did the French General Henri Gouraud kick and insult Saladins grave in 1920 after putting down an anti-colonial uprising?

I was told of an incident where a French general in 1920 after having put down an anti-colonial uprising, supposedly went on to insult the grave of Saladin. I attempted to find a source for that ...
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Has France ever won a war?

France is commonly made fun of for not having won a war, for instance when they rejoined NATO and the daily mail made fun of them: Why did the French celebrate their World Cup in 1998 so wildly? ...