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.
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'.
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.