Fact Check: No, Saudi Arabia did not dump French products in a desert; here's the truth

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On October 16, 2020,  a history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded outside his school near a Paris suburb for showing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.
However, defending the reprinting of caricatures, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would never renounce its right to caricature, which led to huge anti-France protests in many countries.
In the wake of the same, a video is being shared on social media with a claim that Saudi Arabia is boycotting French products and disposing them off in a desert.
“Transports are boycott in Saudi Arabia from France. People of Saudi Arabia throwing French goods into the desert,” the post claimed. ( Translated via Google)

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.
We extracted keyframes from the video and put them through Reverse Image Search.
The search led us to an article on the Al Arabiya – a Saudi free-to-air television news channel, dated 2016, featuring the same video.
“Video shows Saudi Arabia getting rid of 80,000 packs of ‘spoiled chicken’”, the headline of the article read.

We found the same video on YouTube dated 2016, titled, “Al-Qassim Municipality carried out a campaign on 25 trucks loaded with chicken unfit for human use, which were on their way for distribution.”

Hence, the above information proves that the video is from 2016 and has no relation the recent anti-France protests of 2020.

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