Dozens of 5G antennas vandalised in France during lockdown

A mobile phone network mast. Dozens of 5G antennas have been vandalised in France during lockdown
The 5G network promises faster connection speed and an "upgrade" to existing networks, but it is controversial.

Dozens of 5G antennas have been vandalised across France, including four in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne, Occitanie) in recent weeks, with the damage attributed to anarchist groups, amid wider scepticism of 5G.

Many 5G antennas have been damaged across the country during confinement, as some theories suggested that the new network was in some way related to Covid-19 - although a European study published in May this year in the Journal of Medical Internet Research condemned these theories as “misinformation”.

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The antennas are often burned or hit, to stop them from working.

Now, four more have been damaged in the southern city of Toulouse, with judicial police chief at union SCSI-CFDT, ...

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