France has banned visas and passports of people from all 57 Muslim countries in the world.
A set of images against Muslims is shared to claim that France has banned visas and passports of people from all 57 Muslim countries in the world except India. These posts are shared after the violence appears to calm down in France. France witnessed unrest and violent clashes recently after Nahel, a 17-year-old Algerian origin boy was shot dead by police. Some of the posts that claim that France banned the entry of people from Muslim countries can be seen here and here.
What is the truth?
The viral post claims that France banned the visas and passports of people from 57 Muslim countries except India. It is to be noted that India is not a Muslim country.
Next we Google searched for any news on France banning the entry of people from Muslim countries. If France had made such an announcement then it would have been reported by media organisations for sure. We found no authentic news reports with such a piece of information. Further, we searched the official pages of France government including the visa portal. But we ended up finding no such news about banning people from Muslim countries.
Next, when reverse searching the viral images we found that all the images used in the viral posts are old. One of the images shared in most of the viral posts is found on the Shutterstock website. The image is captioned “Pegida is demonstrating against Islamization and the advent of economic refugees on June 18, 2016, in Breda, The Netherlands”.
Another image with the ‘No Islam’ pamphlet is found featured on an Australian website ‘SBS’ mentioning it as “Protesters at a Reclaim Australia rally opposing religious extremism in Sydney in April 2015.”
Another image with ‘Stop Islam’ hoardings is found on the Al Jazeera website dated June 2015. This image is captioned as “Demonstrators shout during a rally outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona”.
The website Independent is found carrying another viral image in one of its articles dated February 2016. The image is captioned “Far-right groups have claimed the arrival of refugees is putting German women at risk”.
Right-wing supporters and social media users earlier shared multiple videos in the name of the France riots. Youturn fact-checked and published articles on the same.
It is found that the claim that France banned visas and passports of people from 57 Muslim countries is false.