FALSE: This video does not show French people destroying vehicles in Mali

The video instead comes from Burkina Faso and highlights the destruction of six Byrnecut company vehicles at the Perkoa zinc mining site located 120 km west of Ouagadougou.

A tweet claiming to show French people destroying their work tools in Mali before leaving the country is FALSE.

The post contains a 2:20 minute video showing an excavator destroying 4×4 cars, as three men in work clothes look on. The caption that accompanies the post reads: #France_Africa: the lesson to be learned from mafia and wicked foreign #investors! When these #French people destroy their work tools in #Mali, for lack of means to bring them home! Wickedness or sorcery? Why not offer them to #Malian workers? “.

PesaCheck reviewed the video and found that it was not filmed in Mali.

A Google keyword research “destruction of vehicle, French company Mali” did not yield any credible results, on any operation of this kind in Mali.

However, a clue in the video makes it possible to geographically locate its origin. PesaCheck has detected the logo of the Byrnecut company on one of the vehicles from the first minute and fifty-nine seconds (1:59), as shown in the image below.

Byrnecut is an Australian company operating the Perkoa zinc mine, on behalf of Nantou Mining. It is located in the province of Sanguié in Burkina Faso, 120 km west of the capital Ouagadougou.

A second Google keyword research “Destruction of vehicle, Perkoa mine, Burkina” found a statement on page 8 of a press releasefrom the Council of Ministers, held on November 16, 2022 in Ouagadougou: “(…) Following the destruction of vehicles at the Perkoa industrial mine, the Government dispatched a delegation on November 13, 2022, to the province of Sanguié, in the Center-West region, to discuss with mine officials. It appears that six (06) vehicles were effectively destroyed in accordance with the company’s policy on the management of end-of-life vehicles, according to mine officials. The Council instructed the minister in charge of the file to carry out investigations into the tax situation of these vehicles with a view to determining the responsibilities in accordance with the regulations in force. ».

It is therefore not a video shot in Mali as claimed by the author of the fake post.

PesaCheck reviewed a tweet claiming to show French people destroying their work tools in Mali before leaving the country and found it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of fact checks by PesaCheck, examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organizations like PesaCheck help sort out fact from fiction. We do this by giving audiences deeper insight and context to the posts they see in their social media feeds.

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This fact check was written by the fact-checker Mordecai BOLI and edited by Nicole Ricci Minyem, article editor at PesaCheck. This article has been approved for publication by the editor at PesaCheck Doreen Wainainah.

PesaCheck is the first public finance fact-checking initiative in Africa. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein and is incubated by the continent’s largest civic tech and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It aims to help the public separate fact from fiction in public statements about the numbers that shape our world, with particular emphasis on public finance statements that shape the government’s delivery of public services related to the goals of sustainable development (SDGs), such as health care, rural development and access to water/sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reports. To learn more about the project, visit pesacheck.org.

PesaCheck is a joint initiative of Code for Africa, through his InnovateAFRICA fund, with support from the Deutsche Welle Academy, in partnership with a coalition of local African media and other civic watchdog organisations.

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FALSE: This video does not show French people destroying vehicles in Mali

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