The viral photo of bikers Motokini protesting the Burkini Ban in France is fake

Thousands of people around the world are sharing this photo and claiming it shows two French bikers protesting the Burkini Ban by wearing a “Motokini”:

The viral photo of bikers Motokini protesting the Burkini Ban in France is fake

 

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This French tweet has over 9,000 retweets and is being shared widely.

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People are responding to the tweets with messages of solidarity with Muslim women that the photo supposedly shows.

But he problem is that the claim being made about this viral photo and the “Motokini” is false. A reverse image search shows on Google search that the photo of the bikers on a beach has been online since at least 2012.

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The photo was posted in a Spanish motorcycling forum in August of that year. It has nothing to do with the burkini ban in France.

Unfortunately, the false claim about the photo continues to spread. It even led to a news story by a website in the Czech Republic.

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Thirty French municipalities voted to ban the Burkini in recent weeks. However, France’s top administrative court today reversed the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet near Nice.

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