News from France 2: the Russian missile that had just crashed near Zaporizhia was actually… a chimney

This Monday, August 22, France Télévision confirmed that it had broadcast in its August 10 newscast an image of a damaged chimney, presenting it as a Russian missile. An “unfortunate error” which had been spotted by many Internet users.

The sequence had been spotted by many Internet users. This Monday, August 22, France 2 admitted having broadcast the image of a chimney indicating that it was a missile which had not exploded. The sequence dates back to August 10. The public channel then offered its viewers a subject on the Russian bombings near the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijia.

The journalists film a roof, a few tens of meters from a nuclear reactor, on which a missile would have fallen without exploding. Problem, the element filmed is not a Russian armament, but a damaged chimney. On Twitter, several accounts cried conspiracy and manipulation.

So @France2tv faked a video for vs mistaking bladders for lanterns… in this case a chimney for a “missile that didn’t explode”

I demand the resignation of @laurentguimier m, News Director of France2!

Right away!pic.twitter.com/J8ewJEdFtz

— Guillaume QUINTIN ud83cudff3ufe0f‍ud83cudf08ud83dudd3b (@GuillaumeQ1T1) August 20, 2022

We apologize to our viewers for this unfortunate mistake.

This Monday, France 2 published a message of apology and explanation. “These images show the damage caused by one of these strikes. They were accompanied by descriptive text.

An error of interpretation

By mistake, one of them was misinterpreted. It shows a damaged chimney, not a missile”, details the chain, which indicates in passing that the images were shot by a service provider while the voiceover was recorded in the studio.

“We apologize to our viewers for this unfortunate error, which however does not change the reality of these strikes of which we have shown other images”, concludes France 2.

We apologize to our viewers for this unfortunate error, which however does not change the reality of these strikes of which we have shown other images. (3/3)

– Info France 2 (@infofrance2) August 22, 2022

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