Hyderabad: A video showing an egg hitting French President Emmanuel Macron is viral on social media.

The incident is being linked to the President's recent remarks defending free speech following the death a high school teacher who was decapitated by a radical Islamist.

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Many social media users shared this clip and wrote that Macron was egged recently for his comments.


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The claim that Macron was hit by an egg recently is false.

NewsMeter performed a keyword search and found media reports carrying similar videos of the event that were shot from a different angle. A report by Express and Associated Press from 2017, says Macron was attacked by a protester with an egg when he was attending an agriculture show, Salon International de l'Agriculture, in Paris in March 2017.6

We found a similar clip uploaded in March 2017, by L'Express with the title "Emmanuel Macron receives an egg at the Agricultural Show". It was also reported ETV Telangana.

https://youtu.be/FLCUnSgTsEo (express)

https://youtu.be/0xDqwRXn9As (ETV)

The incident took place when Macron was running for president. He was on a campaign trail when the incident occurred in April 2017.

Evidently, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   FACT CHECK: Viral video of egg hitting French President Macron is from 2017 election campaign
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Fact Check :  false

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter and is a final year student at Loyola Academy Degree and Pg College. She is doing her degree in Psychology, English, and Journalism. She has a zeal for learning and is very passionate about writing. Apart from writing articles, she also writes poetry.

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