Video footage of mice caught on camera running across Paris pizzas in a real-life version of the Disney film Ratatouille was not taken at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, official reports have confirmed.
The video, posted on June 11, was instead taken at another unidentified eating establishment in central Paris, according to the official Paris-Aéroport Twitter account.
A translation of the post reads, “this video was not taken at the airport where no point of sale looks like this one. In addition, the majority of restaurant chains are currently closed in our terminals. Those who are open do not offer this type of service.”
@Sifaoui @dgccrf Bjr, cette vidéo n'a pas été prise à l'aéroport où aucun point de vente ne ressemble à celui-ci. De plus, la majorité des enseignes de restauration sont actuellement fermées dans nos terminaux. Celles qui sont ouvertes ne proposent pas ce type de prestation. 1/2
— Paris Aéroport (@ParisAeroport) June 19, 2020
A spokesperson today confirmed with Heavy that the video clip was not filmed at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
In the clip, several mice can be seen scampering around and jumping onto pizzas in a food counter display case at an establishment in central Paris. Speaking in Portuguese, the narrators discuss what flavor or pizza topping the mice prefer as the critters run around the food.
More than 6,700 comments have been made on the post, many expressing shock and disbelief at the sight of mice running around public food spaces – with quite a few posting Ratatoutille GIFs.
A spokesperson told Heavy in a statement regarding the debunked video, “at the moment most shops and food and beverage options at CDG Airport are closed due to covid-19. The only remaining shops are Relay Shops selling packed triangle sandwiches. No pizza options.”
Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport recently announced changes to post-pandemic travel, including temperature checks for travelers and social distances markers, following the coronavirus lockdown that saw travel restrictions imposed worldwide.
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Listeria Has Been Found in Sandwiches on Air France Flights Departing Charles de Gaulle
— BSure Technologies, Inc. (@BSureTech) June 3, 2019
Air France last year after sandwiches tainted with listeria were found to have been served on their flight departing Charles de Gaulle, according to Food Safety News.
Listeria was detected during routine quality check procedures in tuna sandwiches served aboard a flight in May 2019, according to Servair, “the supplier of the airline’s on-board catering service.” The affected sandwiches came from a self-service onboard buffet.
Air France said in a statement:
Air France reminds that food safety is a priority and is subject to strict and daily controls, certified by the ISO 22000 standard.
As a precautionary measure and only if they develop a fever, whether isolated or accompanied by a headache, Air France recommends that any customers who were aboard the flights in question and who believe they ate that sandwich should inform their doctor of the situation.
In particular, pregnant women, older people and those suffering from an immunodeficiency should look out for those symptoms, which could indicate listeriosis, a disease with an incubation period of up to eight weeks.
Air France and Servair said they had not received any reports of illness following the listeria discovery.
A Dead Child Was Found in the Landing Gear of a Plane at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Body of a child was found in the landing gear wheel well after an Air France Boeing 777 after it landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris). Flight originated from Abidjan (Ivory Coast). pic.twitter.com/EfXlMmNdXM
— AfricaAviationNews (@AfricaAirlines) January 8, 2020
In January 2020, the body of a child stowaway was found in the landing gear of a plane at the Charles de Gaulle airport.
Officials told the Telegraph the child died of either cold or asphyxiation.
The incident prompted Ivorian security to ask questions about “major failing[s] of security at Abidjan airport,” according to the Telegraph.
The French Airport Was the Setting of Tom Hanks’ ‘The Terminal’
#OnThisDay 1994: BBC News went to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to report on Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who had been living there for six years, after falling into a “bizarre, bureaucratic black hole”. pic.twitter.com/LNJgbmW35A
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) November 25, 2019
Mehran Karimi Nasseri has lived in Charles de Gaulle Airport for nearly two decades, Travel Daily News reported.
The 2004 film The Terminal, in which Tom Hanks plays a fictitious Balkan refugee stuck at an airport, is loosely based on Nasseri’s life. However, Nasseri says his own days are spent in a less glamorous fashion than the Hollywood movie — reading and writing in “silence,” or accepting food vouchers from strangers.
The Iranian refugee arrived in France in 1988 without papers or a passport. The Christian Science Monitor confirmed he “was expelled from Iran in the 1970s” for participating in student protests against the Shah of Iran while in England.
The Christian Science Monitor reported that Nasseri wouldn’t leave the first floor of terminal one of the airport for fears of being shot.