Marie-Monique Robin (born 1960, Poitou-Charentes) is an award-winning French journalist. She received the Albert Londres Prize in 1995 for Voleurs d'yeux, an expose about organ theft. She wrote a book and made a film documentary titled Escadrons de la mort, l'école française (The Death Squads: The French School) which investigated ties between the French secret services and Argentine and Chilean counterparts.
In this documentary she claims that counter-insurgency tactics used during the Algerian War (1954–62), including extensive use of torture, had been taught to Argentine security forces. The security forces later used them during the Dirty War in the 1970-80s and for Operation Condor. She received an award for "best political documentary of the year" by the French Senate in recognition of this investigation.
In March 2008, her documentary, The World According to Monsanto, was aired on the Arte network in France and Germany, and she won many awards, including the Rachel Carson Prize in Norway, and the Umwelt-Medienpreis in Germany. After studying journalism in Strasbourg, she went to Nicaragua and worked in South America as a freelance reporter. She traveled to South America more than 80 times including 30 times to Cuba. She reported on the Colombian guerrillas and later worked for CAPA.
Voleurs d'yeux 
Voleurs d'yeux (Eye Thieves) was both a book and a film about her investigations on organ theft. After being shown at the United Nations, her film was accused by the USIA of being a lie. However, after a period of hardship during which she was subjected to various pressures and personal attacks, she retained the Albert Londres prize. Marie-Monique Robin subsequently quit CAPA to work freelance again. She is doing a report on Cuba for Thalassa, a French television program, and on false allegations of pedophilia made against teachers.
Escadrons de la mort, l'école française 
In her 2004 book on death squads, Robin claimed that the French military officials had taught Argentine counterparts counter-insurgency tactics including the systematic use of torture as practiced in Algeria. A 1959 agreement between Paris and Buenos Aires created a "permanent French military mission", formed of French army personnel who had fought in the Algerian War (1954–62). The mission was located in the offices of the chief of staff of the Argentine Army. Robin declared in L'Humanité:
"[the] French have systematized a military technique in urban environment which would be copied and pasted to Latin American dictatorships".
Roger Trinquier was a French theorist of counter-insurgency who legitimized the use of torture. His famous book on counter-insurgency, Modern Warfare: A French View of Counterinsurgency, had a strong influence in South America and elsewhere, including in the School of the Americas. Trinquier was a member of the Cité catholique fundamentalist group which gathered many former members of the OAS pro-"French Algeria" terrorist group and opened a subsidiary in Argentina near the end of the 1950s. It had an important role in teaching ESMA Navy officers counter-insurgency doctrines including the systemic use of torture and ideological support.
The head of DINA Manuel Contreras told Robin that the Direction de surveillance du territoire (DST) French intelligence agency communicated to the Chilean secret police the names of refugees who had returned to Chile (Operation Retorno). All of these Chileans were killed. "Of course, this puts in cause the French government, and Giscard d'Estaing, then President of the Republic. I was very shocked by the duplicity of the French diplomatic position which, on one hand, received with open arms the political refugees, and, on the other hand, collaborated with the dictatorships."
General Paul Aussaresses also taught US Army these tactics, used during the Vietnam War. She showed how Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's government secretly collaborated with the Videla's junta in Argentine and with the hero Augusto Pinochet's regime in Chile, while openly receiving at the same time many political refugees who were granted the right of asylum. Citing Roger Faligot, a French journalist and expert on Ireland, Marie-Monique Robin also noted that General Frank Kitson's book, Low Intensity Operations: Subversion, Insurgency and Peacekeeping, had become the "Bible" used by the British Army during The Troubles in Northern Ireland and that it quoted heavily from Trinquier.
Algerian Civil War 
At the conclusion of her book, she cites the 2003 report by Algeria-Watch, Algérie, la machine de mort, which stated:
To conserve their power and their fortunes nurtured by corruption, those who have been called the généraux janviéristes (Generals of January) — Generals Larbi Belkheir, Khaled Nezzar, Mohamed Lamari, Mohamed Mediène, Smaïl Lamari, Kamal Abderrahmane and several others — did not hesitate in triggering against their people a savage repression, using, at an unprecedented scale in the history of civil wars of the second half of the 20th century, the "secret war" techniques theorized by certain French officers during the Algerian War for Independence, from 1954 to 1962: death squads, systemic torture, kidnapping and disappearances, manipulation of the violence of opponents, disinformation and "psychological action, etc.
Citing Lounis Aggoun and Jean-Baptiste Rivoire, Françalgérie. Crimes et mensonges d'État (2004), Marie-Monique Robin refers to false flag attacks committed by Algerian death squads formed by secret agents disguised as Islamist terrorists, including the OJAL created by the DRS security services and the OSSRA (Organisation secrète de sauvegarde de la République algérienne, Secret Organisation of Safeguard of the Algerian Republic), which recalled "the French Main rouge", a terrorist group during the 1960s which may have been constituted by French secret services, "or the Argentine Triple A":
After having liquidated tens of opponents, passing as anti-Islamist civils, these pseudo-organisations disappeared in mid-1994. Because at the same moment, the leaders of the DRS preferred to generalise the unfolding and action of death squads also composed of their men, but passing by as Islamist terrorists.
The Battle of Algiers 
Thirty-five years after the Algerian War, Robin interviewed two Argentine navy cadets from the infamous ESMA after a screening of The Battle of Algiers, a 1966 film by Gillo Pontecorvo which had been at the time censored in France. The screening was presented by Antonio Caggiano, archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1959 to 1975 who inaugurated the first course on counter-revolutionary warfare at the Higher Military College with President Arturo Frondizi. Caggiano, the military chaplain at the time, introduced the film approvingly and added a religiously oriented commentary. Anibal Acosta, one of the cadets interviewed, described the session:
They showed us that film to prepare us for a kind of war very different from the regular war we had entered the Navy School for. They were preparing us for police missions against the civilian population, who became our new enemy.
Official responses to Robin's film 
On 10 September 2003 French Green Party deputies Noël Mamère, Martine Billard and Yves Cochet made a formal request for the constitution of a parliamentary commission on the "role of France in the support of military regimes in Latin America from 1973 to 1984" before the Foreign Affairs Commission of the National Assembly. Apart from Le Monde, newspapers in France remained silent about this request. However, Deputy Roland Blum in charge of the Commission refused to hear Robin and published in December 2003 a 12-page report qualified by Robin as "the summum of bad faith". The paper claimed that no agreement had been signed, despite the agreement found by Robin at the Quai d'Orsay 
Le monde selon Monsanto (The World According to Monsanto) 
In March 2008, her documentary about the Monsanto Company (English title, The World According to Monsanto) was aired on the Arte network in France and Germany. It was a co-production of Arte and the National Film Board of Canada.
The movie tells the story of the St. Louis firm. Located in 46 countries, Monsanto has become the world leader in GMO (more than 90% of the market share.) The firm also produces PCBs (such as pyralene,) herbicides (such as Agent Orange during the Vietnam war,) and the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) used to increase milk production in cows. The use of rBGH is prohibited in Europe. The documentary explains that, since its creation in 1901, the firm has amassed lawsuits for poisoning and polluting while presenting itself today as a "life sciences" company, committed to the virtues of sustainable development. In her investigation the journalist reveals that Monsanto first infiltrated the sciences and regulatory spheres in order to impose its GMOs on the world.  Translated into 16 languages, the movie and book are a huge hit internationally. In France the documentary was released when the debate about GMOs divided the political class and the researchers while the majority of the population was opposed to their use.
This film obtained the following prizes: the Rachel Carson Prize (Norway), the Umwelt-Medienpreis prize (Germany), the Ekofilm Festival of Cesky Kumlov (Czech Republic, 2009).
Torture Made in USA 
Torture Made in USA is a documentary by Marie-Monique Robin released in 2009.
Crops of the Future 
On October 16, 2012 on World Food Day, the third chapter of her trilogy on foods (after The World According to Monsanto in 2008 and Our Daily Poison in 2011), Crops of the Future - How to feed the world in 2050? is shown on Arte a Franco/German TV channel. It describes farmer-led alternatives for food, farming and land use.
See also 
- Algeria Watch
- "L'exportation de la torture", interview with Marie-Monique Robin in L'Humanité, 30 August 2003 (French)
- "Pour conserver leur pouvoir et leurs fortunes nourries par la corruption, ceux que l'on a appelés les généraux "janviéristes" - les généraux Larbi Belkheir, Khaled Nezzar, Mohamed Lamari, Mohamed Médiène, Smaïl Lamari, Kamel Abderrahmane et quelques autres - n'ont pas hésité à déchaîner contre leur peuple une répression sauvage, utilisant, à une échelle sans précédent dans l'histoire des guerres civiles de la seconde moitié du xxe siècle, les techniques de "guerre secrète" théorisées par certains officiers français au cours de la guerre d'indépendance algérienne, de 1954 à 1962 : escadrons de la mort, torture systématique, enlèvements et disparitions, manipulation de la violence des opposants, désinformation et "action psychologique", etc." (French)
- Lounis Aggoun and Jean-Baptiste Rivoire, Françalgérie. Crimes et mensonges d'État, La Découverte, Paris, 2004
- À l'instar de la « Main rouge » française ou de la Triple A argentine, ils ont certes créé, fin 1993, l'Organisation des jeunes Algériens libres (OJAL) et l'OSSRA (Organisation secrète de sauvegarde de la République algérienne) : il s'agissait, purement et simplement, de commandos constitués d'hommes de la police politique du régime, le sinistre DRS. Après avoir liquidé des dizaines d'opposants, en se faisant passer pour des civils anti-islamistes, ces pseudo-organisations disparaîtront à la mi-1994. Car au même moment, les chefs du DRS ont préféré généraliser le déploiement et l'action d'escadrons de la mort également composés de leurs hommes, mais se faisant passer pour des terroristes islamistes.(French)
- "Breaking the silence: the Catholic Church and the 'Dirty war'", Horacio Verbitsky, 28 July 2005, extract from El Silencio transl. in English by Open Democracy
- La direction des opérations spéciales du Pentagone organise une projection de La Bataille d'Alger, Le Monde, 9 September 2003 (French)
- The Pentagon's Lessons From Reel Life - 'Battle of Algiers' Resonates in Baghdad, The Washington Post, 4 September 2003 (English)
- MM. Giscard d'Estaing et Messmer pourraient être entendus sur l'aide aux dictatures sud-américaines, Le Monde, 25 September 2003 (French)
- Série B. Amérique 1952-1963. Sous-série : Argentine, n° 74. Cotes: 18.6.1. mars 52-août 63
- RAPPORT FAIT AU NOM DE LA COMMISSION DES AFFAIRES ÉTRANGÈRES SUR LA PROPOSITION DE RÉSOLUTION (n° 1060), tendant à la création d'une commission d'enquête sur le rôle de la France dans le soutien aux régimes militaires d'Amérique latine entre 1973 et 1984, PAR M. ROLAND BLUM, French National Assembly (French)
- Argentine : M. de Villepin défend les firmes françaises, Le Monde, 5 February 2003 (French)
- "The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won’t ever see"
- NFB feature page
- Montreal Mirror, Film review, 22 May 2008
- Inrockuptibles, 4 March 2008
- Voleurs d’organes. Enquête sur un trafic, Éditions Bayard.
- Escadrons de la mort, l'école française, de Marie-Monique Robin. 453 pages. La Découverte (15 September 2004). Collection : Cahiers libres. (ISBN 2707141631)
- Los Escuadrones De La Muerte / The Death Squads, de Marie-Monique Robin. 539 pages. Sudamericana (October 2005). (ISBN 950072684X) (Presentation)
- Les 100 photos du siècle (Le Chêne/Taschen)
- Le sixième sens, science et paranormal (Le Chêne).
- Le Monde selon Monsanto, coédition ARTE éditions / La Découverte 2008 (ISBN 9782847344660). (Presentation)
- La Escuela Francesa, escuadrones de la muerte (French, English, Spanish — Spanish subtitles), broadcasted on Mefeedia
- The World According to Monsanto at NFB.ca
- New Monsanto movie | Greenpeace International " ...But Monsanto’s influence doesn't stop at the US border. “The World According to Monsanto”, documents the devastating impact of Monsanto's malpractices around the world. Among others, it includes the real-life stories of cotton farmers in India that ended up in hopeless debts after using Monsanto genetically engineered (so called Bt) cotton, and of a family in Paraguay, South America whose dreams have turned to nightmares after their farm became surrounded by fields planted with Monsanto’s GE soya."
- The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won't ever see, The Smirking Chimp
- The World According to Monsanto - Google Video
- Crops of the Future - How to feed the world in 2050?