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FACT CHECK: Are These Images of France’s Education Minister?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows two pictures of France’s minister of education, one of her as a child herding sheep and another of her as an adult. Verdict: Misleading The adult woman pictured in the post is Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s former minister of national education, higher education and research. The child pictured is…

A photo shared on Facebook purports to show two photos of France’s minister for education. One shows her as a child shepherding sheep, and the other as an adult.

Verdict: Misleading

The adult woman pictured in the post is Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s former minister of national education, higher education and research. According to the original caption, the child pictured isn’t Vallaud-Belkacem. It’s a girl named “Fouzia” in her photo.

Fact Check:

The image shared on Facebook includes two photographs, one of a young girl holding a stick while sitting in a field and another that shows an adult woman. The text in the image reads: “The girl on left is herding sheeps in Morocco.” “The woman on the Right is the same girl 20 years later as the [sic] France’s education minister.”

A reverse image search reveals the adult woman pictured is Vallaud-Belkacem, who served as France’s minister of national education, higher education and research from 2014 to 2017, according to her biography on the European Union’s website. The same photo was published by the French-language women’s magazine Grazia in a 2014 article with a headline that translates to “10 Things to Know About Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, First Woman Minister of Education.” A nearly identical photo of her was also published in 2014 by the French newspaper 20 Minutes.

Contrary to what the Facebook post claims, the photo is not of Vallaud-Belkacem with a child. Check Your Fact traced that photo to a 2015 report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where it is credited to the photographer Giacomo Pirozzi. The caption for the photo is not included in the UNICEF report. However, a spokesperson for UNICEF told Check Your Fact via email that the caption listed the girl as Fouzia

. Pirozzi confirmed that he took it but denied that it was the former minister. Pirozzi stated that he took the photo of the girl in Morocco but that there was no connection between the Min of Education and this girl. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Bill Gates As A Child Wearing A Dress? )

While there is no evidence Vall

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