CLAIM
Congratulatory tweets from an account named after France President Emmanuel Macron are going viral among Indian users of the micro-blogging platform.
The tweets revolve around five Rafale fighter jets that recently landed at Indian Air Force airbase in Ambala from France.
In one of the tweets, the handle can be seen informing India that Rafale jets are on their way.

FAKE ALERT: Rafale tweets from parody handle of France President Macron go viral

In another tweet, the account congratulates India and says “we delivered the first batch of Rafale jets to you”.

FAKE ALERT: Rafale tweets from parody handle of France President Macron go viral

Both these seemingly harmless tweets received a huge number of retweets and likes. The handle @MacronEmmauel is not verified by a blue tick.
TRUTH
These tweets are from a parody account of Macron. The bio of the handle categorically mentions ‘parody’. The account was made in January 2020.

FAKE ALERT: Rafale tweets from parody handle of France President Macron go viral

We looked up the official, verified handle of Macron ie: ‘@EmmanuelMacron’ and found that it has 5.4 million followers. It has not tweeted anything on Rafale jets.

FAKE ALERT: Rafale tweets from parody handle of France President Macron go viral

VERDICT
Times Fact Check has found that congratulatory tweets on Rafale jets from a parody handle of France President are going viral among Indian social media users. The real, verified handle of Macron hasn’t made any congratulatory tweet to India on Rafale.
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