No, Joe Biden didn’t sit on an imaginary chair during the D-Day ceremony

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which took place June 7 in the French region of Normandy, a truncated video was shared on social media showing US President Joe Biden seemingly sitting down with no chair behind him. However, the full version of the video shows Biden, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and their spouses, sitting properly to attend the ceremony.

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  • On social media, a video clip falsely claiming that Joe Biden tried to sit down with no chair behind him has been viewed several million times.

  • However, a keyword search reveals the full version of the ceremony, where the French and American presidential couples are clearly seen sitting down to attend the commemorative speeches.

The factcheck, in detail

A short video showing Joe Biden attempting to sit down during the 80th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the D-Day landing in Normandy, surrounded by his wife Jill and French President Emmanuel and French First Lady Brigitte Macron, has garnered several million views on social media. The users who shared the clip on X and Facebook claimed that the American president tried to sit on an imaginary chair, before his wife whispered to him that there was no chair behind him. The video, shared by far-right accounts, was presented as yet another proof of the senility of the 81-year-old US president, who, according to these internet users, is unfit to hold office.

A truncated video

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