This photo shows Macron and Erdogan at the UN General Assembly in 2018 -- other photos from the event show them shaking hands

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A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter in November 2020 that claim it shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refusing to shake hands with French President Emmanuel Macron. The posts circulated online as tensions between the two countries soared in a row over the freedom to mock religion. The claim is misleading; the photo shows the two leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York in 2018, two years before the current diplomatic standoff; other photos taken at the same event show the two leaders shaking hands.

The photo was published here on Facebook on November 5, 2020.

Screenshot of misleading Facebook post

Its caption reads: “Turkey president Rajab Tayub Erdogan refused to hand shake with France president Macron."

The posts circulated online after Erdogan backed calls in the Islamic world to boycott French goods following Macron's defence of freedom of expression, including to mock religion. Here is an AFP report on the developments.

The photo was also shared here, here, here and here on Facebook, and here, here, here and here on Twitter alongside a similar claim in English, Hindi and Urdu.

The claim is misleading.

A reverse image search on Google found the original photo published here on AFP's website dated September 26, 2018.

Screenshot of original AFP image

 Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the AFP photo (R):

Image comparing screenshot

Further keyword searches found several other photos of the two leaders at the same event, shaking hands:

Screenshot of AFP photo

Below is a screenshot of a series of AFP photos that show Erdogan and Macron:

Screenshot of AFP photos

Turkey’s Directorate of Communications Twitter account also published a photo of the same handshake here on September 26, 2018.