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Falling man in video was not trying to ‘deface’ famed French monument

Updated on 16/07/2020 at 02:15

A video shared more than 62,000 times on Facebook shows a man falling from the statue that dominates Place de la Republique, Paris's most famous public square, and links the event to the recent defacing of historic monuments during anti-racism protests. This is misleading; the incident happened in 2015 during a techno festival and is unrelated to politics.