Article copyThis is a disturbingly persistent trend in dereistic France, the country which, if you recall, gave you the vile Lefty Thierry Meyssan, author of the best-seller translated in 27 languages "l'Effroyable Imposture" (9/11: the Big Lie), and one of the pillars of 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Now, and after Sarkozy's new minister of urban affairs Christine Boutin, the latest in a long row of trendy Gallic thruthers is empty-headed mountebank Juliette Binoche:
A Few Days in September is witty and clever, but there is a serious point behind it - with which Binoche is more than a little obsessed. She describes it as a dramatised version of the events depicted in Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. It alleges that various vested interests - including state security services around the world - knew what was about to happen on September 11, 2001.Hey, I know the feeling. For instance it's very hard sometimes, even for a gentleman like me, not to use the 'c' word. So I praise the Lord and pass the humor.
While preparing for the role Binoche had long conversations with a secret agent, who consulted on the film and on whom she modelled her character. 'Of course he could not reveal everything to me, but he said a lot,' she says. 'Some things I forgot because it was just too much. Certain things I was very amazed by and when I told people close to me about them they just wouldn't believe it. Everything in there is true,' she adds, her eyes blazing with the fervour of a conspiracy theorist.
So is she saying the film is a dramatisation of real events? 'Absolutely,' she says. 'I went to see the Iranian ambassador at the time and he said of course it's true. Things that I thought were hidden and private… they were very open about it.' So she means the CIA and other agencies knew 9/11 was going to happen? 'Of course.' So is she saying it was an inside job? Or that al-Qa'eda was responsible? 'Everybody is responsible for it. If you only knew more, it's even more depressing.' She suddenly realises this is all getting a bit implausible and explodes into laughter. 'Humour is the only way we can deal with it.'
That said, it's that kind of performance by my "fellow" citizens that makes me fantasize about reviving a long lost French outdoors activity: Bitch Barbecue, and throwing my passport in, as extra fuel.
Since we're not short of hallucinated hysterics and all...
(Note to my American audience: you might want to pull a Dixie Chicks on this one.)
Muchas gracias to reader Joel B. for the tip