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Video of the Eiffel Tower on Fire is Fake

Enas Mzaini Enas Mzaini
30th January 2024
Video of the Eiffel Tower on Fire is Fake
The Eiffel Tower was not on fire (X)

The Claim

A video shows the Eiffel Tower on fire.


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Recently, a viral video circulating on social media suggests that the Parisian landmark “Eiffel Tower”  recently caught fire. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulated video and found the claim to be misleading. 

The Eiffel Tower Was Not On Fire 

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found that the same was posted to YouTube on July 18, 2023, by the user Augmented_One with the caption: "Eiffel Tower burning VFX." VFX is the process by which imagery is created or manipulated outside the context of a live-action shot in filmmaking and video production. 

In response to the confusion surrounding the video, the 3D visualization studio added additional clarification in a January 24, 2024 comment saying: "To all the viewers, this is VFX (visual effects)." specifying that it was created with visual effects in its title and video description.

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Moreover, The Eiffel Tower’s official website has not released any recent news about a fire on or within the tower. Neither has the Eiffel Tower’s X account,Facebook account or Instagram account.

The latest update on the Eiffel Tower's official X page was shared on January 23, 2024, promoting the experience, and giving tips to tourists and encouraging people to visit the tower.

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Finally, The Paris Fire Brigade has not posted any official statement about a recent Eiffel Tower fire on its website or X account

The Eiffel Tower: The Most Visited Paid Monument in the World

The Eiffel Tower, nicknamed "La dame de fer" (French for "Iron Lady"), a wrought-iron  tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower .The tower has become a cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. With more than 7 million visitors every year, it is the most visited paid monument in the world. The Eiffel tower has been listed as a historical monument since June 24, 1964.

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