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2016 Video From Filming Of Fast And Furious 8 Falsely Linked To France Violence

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Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Claim
Rioters push multiple cars off a multi-storey building in France.

Fact
Video is from 2016, taken during the shooting of ‘Fast And Furious 8’ in Cleveland.  

Several social media users are circulating a video showing cars falling from a tall building, purportedly pushed by rioters in France, which is currently seeing violent and fiery protests across Paris and other cities in the wake of the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy.

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Violence Erupts In France

Violent unrest erupted in Nanterre, France, following the shooting of a 17-year-old driver by a police officer during a routine traffic check on Tuesday (June 27) morning — an incident caught on video. Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested across France after a fourth night of rioting, which has seen demonstrations in Marseille, Lyon, Grenoble and some parts of Paris. The death of Nahel Merzouk, reportedly of Algerian descent, appears to have become a flashpoint for anger about racial inequality in France and claims of police discrimination.

Fact Check

Newschecker ran a reverse image search of keyframes of the video, which led us to this tweet, dated July 1, 2023, stating that the video is from a Fast and Furious movie.

Taking a cue from this, we ran a relevant keyword search, which led us to this tweet, dated June 3, 2016, featuring the viral video.

A further search led us to this Fox News report, uploaded on Youtube on June 12, 2016. The viral video can be seen from the 00:07 mark, clearly stating that they were scenes from the filming of Fast And Furious 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, in the US. We learnt that the eighth instalment of the popular Fast And Furious franchise, titled “The Fate Of The Furious”, was released on April 12, 2017.

We then came across this The Mirror report, dated June 4, 2016, stating that The Fast and Furious crew have filmed one of their most explosive scenes ever for their then latest movie — Fast 8, scheduled for an April 2017 release.

According to the report, the crew staged an elaborate stunt on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, when one of the city’s locals uploaded a video as they watched the scene unfold from a nearby building. “The clip begins with nothing out of the ordinary as it spans around the built-up area. Then — almost out of nowhere — four vehicles plummet from a multi-story car park across the street,” read the report, which confirms that the viral video is of the same scene. Similar news reports can be seen here and here.

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Conclusion

A video taken during filming of an elaborate stunt for a Fast And Furious movie in Cleveland has been falsely linked to the ongoing violence in France.

Result: False

Sources
Tweet, Justin King, June 3, 2016
The Mirror report, June 4, 2016


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Kushel HM
Kushel HM
Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

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