Brigitte Macron taking legal action over transgender conspiracy theory
Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, has launched legal action over a conspiracy theory that claims she was born male.
The virulent fake news dates back to March but has spread over social media over the past two months.
Her lawyer, Jean Ennochi, confirmed to AFP earlier this week that "she has decided to initiate proceedings, it is underway.".
She backed her reporting on family photos and supposed civil status documents.
For nearly a month, the hashtag remained largely under the radar before experiencing a spectacular surge in popularity from early December.
According to InVid, the Twitter account that posted the most messages on this fake news is held by a "Frexit" supporter, while the most retweeted user runs an online media denouncing the "propaganda" around the Omicron variant.