Emmanuel Macron no ‘walking flower’ — images of French president buried in garlands fake

Images shared on social media show Emmanuel Macron buried in garlands — reaching his knees, and covering all of his torso & arms — during his visit to French Polynesia.

Photoshopped image image of French President Emmanuel Macron doing the rounds of social media | via Twitter

New Delhi: French President Emmanuel Macron was called “a walking flower” and a “human wreath” Tuesday after images of him buried deep under a bunch of garlands in French Polynesia went viral.

The images are from Macron’s visit to French Polynesia, a former colony that is now an “overseas country” of France and comprises a group of 100 islands in the Pacific. It’s his first official trip to the region.

When Macron arrived in French Polynesia’s capital Papeetee on 24 July, he was greeted with half a dozen garlands by Tahitian dancers and an ‘orero’, symbolising a traditional greeting.

The many garlands put around Macron’s neck covered him to his chest. However, images subsequently shared on social media showed the garlands covering his entire upper body, including his torso and arms, and reaching until his knees. The doctored images garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

Those who fell for the manipulated images included many journalists.

Not only images, the doctored shot was juxtaposed on videos as well.

The original, uncut video can be seen on Euro News’ YouTube channel here:

Macron is visiting French Polynesia to address France’s problematic legacy of conducting hundreds of nuclear tests in the region, and to assert French presence in the Pacific where Chinese presence is growing.

(Edited by Paramita Ghosh)

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