conspiracy theory

Brigitte Macron to sue over claims she was born a man

France — Link

A lawyer acting for Brigitte Macron, wife of the French president, has confirmed she is taking legal action over claims circulating on social media, and reportedly prompted by a far-right outlet, that she was a male at birth called Jean-Michel Trogneux.

The viral French film promoting the Covid-19 conspiracy theory

France — Analysis

Released online earlier this month, Hold-Up is a French pseudo-documentary which promotes the conspiracy theory that Covid-19 was created in a plot by a group of powerful individuals to reshape the world in their interests. Despite the absurdity of the idea, and its inability to produce evidence to support its case, the film attracted an audience of more than three million in the first week of its appearance. Lucie Delaporte reports on an exercise in manipulation of the gullible.   

French student textbook said 9/11 'no doubt' work of CIA

France — Link

The French publishers of a manual on 20th-century history aimed at higher education students, including those of the elite Paris political sciences school, has apologised after it was discovered that it described the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11th 2001 as being 'no doubt orchestrated by the CIA'.

'Conspiracy' claims bolster DSK mystery

International — Link

A report in the New York Review of Books alleges Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York on sex assault charges may have been a plot.