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Debunking Rumors that Algerian Fans Burned Down a Church in Lyon, France after World Cup Win

Written by Rakotomalala On 23 June 2014 @ 12:47 pm | 1 Comment

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On June 22 at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, Algeria defeated South Korea 4-2 [1]to keep its chance of qualifying to the knock-out round alive. Scenes of joy were numerous in Algeria [2] [fr] but also in France where a dynamic Algerian community resides.

The joy was tempered by rumors that a church in Lyon, France was burned down during the celebration. The rumors turned out to be a complete lie spread by extreme right groups based on erroneous photos. Adrien Sénécat explains the details of his fact-checking on the story [3][fr] :    

Peu après le coup de sifflet final dimanche, des tweets ont indiqué qu'une église aurait brûlé dans le quartier de la Duchère, à Lyon. Message notamment relayé par le Bloc Identitaire et des sites proches de l'extrême-droite. Sauf que l'église en question n'a pas brûlé, comme l'ont signalé plusieurs internautes sur les réseaux sociaux [4]. Une église a en revanche bien été incendiée à la Duchère… mais en 2006 [5] (et sans aucun rapport avec un match de l'Algérie).  

Shortly after the final whistle on Sunday, some tweets suggested that a church had burned down in the area of ​​Duchère in Lyon, France. These tweets were relayed by Bloc Identitaire and other similar extreme-right group websites. The thing is, the church was still intact, as reported by several twitter users [4].A Church in Duchère was lit on fire … but in 2006 (and it had no relation whatsoever with an Algerian football).


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[1] Algeria defeated South Korea 4-2 : https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CHkQ4zwoAzAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fifa.com%2Fworldcup%2Fvideos%2Fhighlights%2Fmatch%3D300186495%2Findex.html&ei=3B6oU4KtJ46c0wWT9IHAAw&usg=AFQjCNFUtN1AN3paEXOmghSlznjl5wScag&sig2=ZZFevWHXTBgI1RLbJMosvQ&bvm=bv.69411363,d.d2k

[2] Scenes of joy were numerous in Algeria: http://www.algerie1.com/actualite/mondial-2014-algerie-coree-du-sud-4-2-explosion-de-joie-a-alger/

[3] details of his fact-checking on the story : http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/fait-divers/non-les-supporters-de-l-algerie-n-ont-pas-brule-d-eglise_1553379.html#H5v3pG6O1kWDdCE6.99

[4] comme l'ont signalé plusieurs internautes sur les réseaux sociaux: https://twitter.com/SupSayen/statuses/480828191960203264

[5] mais en 2006: http://www.20minutes.fr/lyon/120313-eglise-incendiee-a-duchere

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