Fake News: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Did NOT Announce Vin Diesel Will Be Banned From Entering City Starting 2022

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Did NOT Announce Vin Diesel Will Be Banned From Entering City Starting 2022

Did the mayor of French capital Paris announce actor Vin Diesel would be banned from entering the city limits starting 2022? No, that's not true: a French satire website disguised as a site offering science news made the claim in a story meant to mock the recently announced ban on diesel powered cars partially going into effect this summer and gradually expanding to more cars in 2025. You can read more about that ban here:

A Car Ban That Paris and Its Suburbs Can Actually Agree On

Paris may already be known for tough anti-car measures, but in pushing for change, it has long faced a major barrier: the region around it. Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban cars from the Seine Quays, as a prime example, has been bitterly criticized by mayors of surrounding towns, and was even challenged in court by the surrounding Île-de-France region, among others.

The story involving Vin Diesel originated from an article published by Science Info on November 15, 2018 titled "Anne Hidalgo annonce que Vin Diesel sera interdit d'accès à Paris à partir de 2022" (archived here) which opened:

Dans une interview donnée au « Monde », la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo a confirmé que l'acteur américain Vin Diesel ne pourra plus séjourner à Paris à partir de 2022. « Nous avons décidé de bannir définitivement le diesel de la capitale à l'horizon de l'année 2022 » annonce Anne Hidalgo.

Translation:

In an interview with (newspaper) Le Monde, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has confirmed that the American actor Vin Diesel can't stay in the city starting from 2022. "We decided to completely ban diesel from the capital starting 2022" Hidalgo announced.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have though it came from a legitimate site:

Anne Hidalgo annonce que Vin Diesel sera interdit d'accès à Paris à partir de 2022

Dans une interview donnée au « Monde », la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo a confirmé que l'acteur américain Vin Diesel ne pourra plus séjourner à Paris à partir de 2022. « Nous avons décidé de bannir définitivement le diesel de la capitale à l'horizon de l'année 2022 » annonce Anne Hidalgo. Et de préciser « Je ne vois ...

However Scienceinfo.fr carries following text on its "about" page:

Voilà, il suffit juste d'être un peu curieux et de cliquer sur ce lien pour découvrir que ce site d'information scientifique publie des informations totalement fausses, voire archifausses et en plus, même pas vraies.

Qu'on se le dise une fois pour toutes : le site ScienceInfo.fr est un site parodique, satirique, anxiogène et sans gêne.

Toutes les informations exposées sont, malheureusement pour certaines et heureusement pour d'autres, inventées de toutes pièces.

Bref, tout est faux. Cela va des noms et citations attribués à des personnes imaginaires ou sociétés imaginées.

Quand aux actions et citations attribuées à des personnes existantes - ainsi que les faits les concernant - elles sont évidemment fausses et imaginées pour renforcer le caractère ubuesque des articles.

Bref, ne croyez pas tout ce que l'on vous raconte et à plus forte raison tout ce que vous lisez sur internet. Soyez vigilants ... et pensez à sourire 🙂

This is basically the same text which can be found on the "about" page of scienceinfo.news, the English version of the site:

This ScienceInfo.news website is the English version of the French ScienceInfo.fr scientific information website.

Now, all you need is to be just a little curious and click on this link to find out that this scientific information site publishes totally false or sensationally fake information, which is, moreover, not true at all.

Let it be said once and for all: the site ScienceInfo.news is a parody, satirical, unnerving and shameless site.

All information presented herein is, unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, totally fabricated.

In short, everything here is false. This includes names and quotes attributed to imaginary people or companies.

If the activites and quotes are attributed to real people as well as real facts about them, they are obviously false and devised to emphasize the grotesque nature of articles.

In short, do not believe everything you are told and, even more so, everything you read on the internet. Keep alert... and remember to smile

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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