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Video does not show Macron, wife dancing 30 years ago

It shows two ballroom dancers performing at a reality show

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Claim: A video shows French President Emmanuel Macron dancing with his wife Brigitte Macron, 30 years ago. 

Fact: The clip features ballroom dancers Jenna Johnson and Jake Monreal’s performance in an American reality television dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance”. 

Fact or Fiction?

On 14 January 2023, Facebook user Kh M Khwaja shared a clip claiming that it shows French President Emmanuel Macron dancing with his wife Brigitte Macron, 30 years ago.

“*This is a 30 year old Television clip. This video is interesting not only because of the dance sequence, but because, this young boy is the current president of France, Emmanuel Macron born 21 December 1977 & the Lady dancer his teacher Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron born 13 April 1953 (almost 23 yrs.elder than him.. is his current wife …Interesting!!! Isn’t it?,” the caption of the post reads. 

Soch Fact Check found the claim to be false. A Google Reverse Image Search of key frames led to a YouTube video posted on 21 October 2016. 

The caption of the video states, “Fly Project – Toca Toca ( Jake & Jenna’s Performance The Next Generation) (Jake y Jenna de la nueva generación) nene bailando.”

“So You Think You Can Dance” is an American reality television dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States.

Soch Fact Check ascertained that the video features American Latin and ballroom dancer Jenna Johnson and Jake Monreal, a ballroom dancer who began dancing at the age of 10.

The reality show posted a photo of the pair on 19 July 2016 on Twitter.

Another video of the couple’s performance was shared on YouTube on 6 September 2017. 

Hence, Soch Fact Check concluded that the video does not feature the French president and first lady. Macron married his former teacher Brigitte in 2007.

Virality:

Soch Fact Check searched Facebook with the search term “Macron dancing wife” and found multiple posts such as here, here, here, here, here, here and here carrying the claim.

Conclusion: The viral video does not feature the French president and first lady. In fact, it shows ballroom dancers Jenna Johnson and Jake Monreal’s performance at a reality show “So You Think You Can Dance”.

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