Grunnlegger av Front National, Jean Marie Le Pen, sier at «etterretningstjenester» sto bak terroren i Paris og at franske myndigheter lot det skje.
Le Pen uttalte seg til Komsomolskaïa Pravda, som har hevdet at USA og Mossad sto bak. Putin-systemet bruker alle dramatiske hendelser til å svekke Vesten.
“The shooting at Charlie Hebdo resembles a secret service operation but we have no proof of that,” the newspaper quoted Mr Le Pen as saying. “I don’t think it was organised by the French authorities but they permitted this crime to be committed. That, for the moment, is just a supposition.”
To justify his comments, Mr Le Pen pointed to the fact that one of the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre, left his identity card in a crashed getaway car. He compared this to the “miraculous fact” – beloved by conspiracy theorists – that one of the passports of the 9/11 hijackers was found on the ground in New York after two planes collided with the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in 2001.
Selv om Le Pen sier det er en antakelse, fremsetter han dem som om de er plausible. Han stiller sin datter Marine Le Pen i stor forlegenhet.
Konspirasjonsteorier appellerer til en variert gruppe, ikke bare høyre, men også muslimer. Han gjødsler mistroen til myndigheter og samfunnet.
Le Pen gjentok mistankene i et intervju med Le Monde, om enn noe svakere.
In an interview with Le Monde today, Mr Le Pen repeated his suspicions about the identity card but said he “could not recall” talking about “secret services” to the Russian newspaper.
Det er som Le Pen ønsker å gjøre det vanskelig for datteren:
Mr Le Pen made two other provocative remarks in the interview. He said that the 1,500,000 who marched “against hatred” in Paris last Sunday were not “Charlies” but “Charlie Chaplins” (ie clowns). He also said that there were 15,000,00 to 20,000,000 Muslims in France – three or four times the generally accepted figures of 5,000,000 people who are practising Muslims or have Muslim backgrounds.
Frankrike er blitt fruktbar grunn for konspirasjonsteorier.
The French “pope of conspiracy theories”, Thierry Meyssan, now based in Damascus, insisted that the Charlie Hebdo massacres were “ordered by US neo-cons and liberal hawks”. An American conspiracy site, McLatchy, has claimed that the Kouachi brothers were working for French intelligence.