A fire in California on September 18.


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You've probably seen them on a friend's Facebook wall or in a WhatsApp chat.

Because intoxes increasingly rub shoulders with real news, writing 

20 Minutes

 helps you sort out the true from the false.

1. Is breathing in the pollution caused by the fires in California the same as smoking "20 packs of cigarettes"?

This statement by the Governor of California has been verified.

2. True from false in several photos of the fires in California

We take stock of pictures that claim to show the forest fires that are ravaging California.

3. Doctors' salaries, chloroquine… We have verified three statements made by Didier Raoult in the Senate

At the invitation of the senators, the Marseille professor returned to his therapeutic strategy on Wednesday.

We looked at some of his statements.

4. Skirts prohibited in a Catholic school?

The establishment is explained.

5. What goes inside the head of an anti-mask?

The video answer in this episode of our “Oh my fake” series.

6. No, this Walter Molino illustration did not predict "life in 2022"

A drawing published in 1962 does not announce "life in 2022", contrary to what publications have gone viral.

7. A Saudi ministry lifts the veil obligation?


Will Saudi women soon be free to wear a veil or not?

The ad is circulating on social networks.

However, the country's interior ministry did not order such a change.

8. No, this image does not show veiled women in front of the Sarcelles CAF

Although many times denounced as false, this photomontage remains a classic in extreme right circles.

9. No, this photo does not show a migrant all smiles during the fire at the refugee camp on the island of Lesbos

This cliché, which dates back several years, has been used in the past to stigmatize refugees.

10. No, BNP Paribas has not deployed facial recognition in its branches

Some Internet users imagine, at the sight of a BNP Paribas poster that has gone viral on social networks, that the bank submits the entry of its customers into a branch to facial recognition.

11. In Quebec, a parking lot advocates “automobile distancing”

A ski resort recommends, in its parking lot, to keep a distance of one car between each vehicle to avoid crowds of visitors.

Bonus: A fact-check from our colleagues

Is Donald Trump right when he blames forest management as the cause of the forest fires in the United States?

The BBC verified.

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