Video shows destruction of Burkina Faso mining trucks damaged in floods, not French sabotage act

Published on 02/12/2022 at 16:21

Social media posts have shared a video claiming that it shows "the French" retaliating against the government of Burkina Faso by destroying pick-up trucks at a mine purportedly targeted for takeover by the state. But the claims are false: the mine belonged to a Canadian company before it was liquidated as a result of devastating floods in April. Equipment deemed unfit for use after the disaster was destroyed, including the vehicles seen in the video. France also has no mining interests in Burkina Faso.