No, the Rothschild family does not own the bank that was set on fire in a viral video.

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On social media platforms, a video claiming that protestors set fire to the Rothschilds’ Bank in France has been widely circulated. The video, which is fairly grainy, shows a burning structure and police officers attempting to control the crowds.

The viral post can be found here.

The Rothschild family is a prominent banking dynasty in Europe. Investment banking, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, mining, energy mixed farming, wineries, and charitable organisations are all part of the family’s commercial empire.

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The text overlay of the viral video shared by an Australian Facebook user on July 17, 2021 reads, “Rothchild [sic] bank set on fire France.”

Since then, the video has been viewed over 4,000 times.

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The Rothschild subsidiary doesn’t own the burning building.!

The Bank Of France, the country’s central bank, can be seen in the video, and it is not owned by any Rothschild subsidiary. 

This fire broke out as part of November 2020 protests in Paris against the Global Security Law proposal, a bill that would allow the police to conduct mass surveillance on the ground and in the air while restricting the filming of police officers.

 

We were able to trace back to the viral clip’s original source using InVid video keyframe search.

On November 28, 2020, Sputnik, a Russian state-owned media outlet, originally broadcasted this clip as part of a four-hour YouTube live stream video. This livestream’s 3:29:00 timestamp corresponds to the viral clip. The “BF” for Bank of France is clearly visible on the building’s facade all throughout the Sputnik video.

The full video uploaded on YouTube can be found here.

 

Several elements of the viral video, such as banners, café names, and the orange triangle logo in the upper right hand corner, resembled those in the Sputnik livestream video.

On Google Street View, the building matches to this Banque de France (Bank of France) location near the Palace de la Bastille.


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Suramya Sunilraj

Suramya Sunilraj is a student at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.