France puzzled by mystery anti-Pfizer campaign offer

France puzzled by mystery anti-Pfizer campaign offer
Source: REUTERS
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Daily US Times: Several social media influencers in France say they have received a mysterious financial offer to spread an anti-Pfizer campaign offer about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

The French social media influencers say an agency claiming to be based in the UK has contacted them by email offering a “partnership”.

Léo Grasset, who has 1.17 million subscribers in YouTube, tweeted (in French) that a “colossal budget” was promised from a client “who wants to remain incognito”.

Mr Grasset said that the address the agency had given appeared to be bogus.

He said the LinkedIn profiles of the agency’s alleged employees later disappeared, but not before he noticed that “everybody there has worked in Russia”.

Léo Grasset posted what he said were instructions from the agency, urging him not to use such words as “sponsored video” or “advertising” if he were to agree to the partnership offer.

The email said: “Present the material as your own independent view.”

It also asked him to spread among his followers a false claim that the death rate among the people who were vaccinated by Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is almost three times higher than among those who have received AstraZeneca.

Several other social media influencers in the country, all of whom are involved in the health and science field, said they had been contacted with a similar anti-Pfizer campaign offer.

Et Ça Se Dit Médecin, a hospital intern with more than 85,000 followers in Instagram, told France’s BFMTV that he was offered €2,050 ($2,510; £1,775) for a 30-second story on his account.

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