With recent concerns about Fake news, seventeen local and national newsrooms in France, including AFP, Buzzfeed News, Les Echos, Le Monde, Libération and La Voix Du Nord have joined a collaborative journalism verification project CrossCheck. which has been created by First Draft and Google News Lab. It will be formally launched on February 27th. It will be using a number of different tools to verify news accuracy including Google Trends, Crowd Tangle social media checking and Le Monde’s Le Décodex, a growing database of more than 600 news sites where users can enter a URL to find out if a site is considered ‘real’ or ‘fake’
Another famous French fact-checking site supported by left leaning paper Libération, is Désintox, a site aimed at verifying and fact-checking political claims. Using the search engine on the site or the browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox, readers can find out how trustworthy a site is with the help of a colour-coded system. Green stands for highly reliable pages, sites marked in yellow should be read with caution, and red means a site which they feel often publishes fake news.
The more specific L’Oeil sur le Front” was launched in November; this concentrates on claims attributed and made by Marine Le Pen’s right-wing party, the National Front.