Thierry Meyssan

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Thierry Meyssan
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Thierry Meyssan at the Axis for Peace conference, 2005
Talence, Gironde, France

Thierry Meyssan (French: [tjɛʁi mɛsɑ̃]) is a French journalist, conspiracy theorist[1][2] and political activist.

He is the author of investigations into the extreme right-wing, particularly France's National Front militias, as well as into the Catholic church.

Meyssan's book 9/11: The Big Lie (L'Effroyable imposture) challenges the official account of events of the September 11 terrorist attacks.[2]


Meyssan is president of the Voltaire Network, which had been a respected independent think tank prior to the publication of 9/11: The Big Lie. His reputation helped raise his conspiracy theory to prominence.[2]

Meyssan has been noted as using cross-citations of other conspiracy theorists' works in order to lend the appearance of credibility to his ideas. Regarding the events of 9/11, Meyssan cited Webster Tarpley; Tarpley cited David Ray Griffin; and Griffin cited Meyssan.[3]

Publication of The Big Lie[edit]

In 2002, he published a book on the September 11 terrorist attacks, with the English translation titled 9/11: The Big Lie. Meyssan argued that the attacks were organized by a faction of the US military–industrial complex in order to impose a non-democratic regime in the United States and to extend US imperialism.[4] It is one of "the first wave of book-length conspiracy speculations" in France and Germany about 9/11.[5]

A follow up to his first book titled L’effroyable Imposture II (The Big Lie 2) accused Israel of carrying out the assassination of Rafic Hariri.


French media quickly dismissed the contents of the book, and a Pentagon spokesperson also deprecated the book.[2]

In 2005, the U.S. State Department declared Meyssan a persona non grata due to his active promotion of misinformation about the United States.[6]


  • La Protection des homosexuels dans le droit européen de Collectif, Projet Ornicar éd. (Paris), 1993, ISBN 2-910209-00-8.
  • L'Intégration des transsexuels de Collectif, Projet Ornicar éd. (Paris), 1993, ISBN 2-910209-01-6.
  • Charles Millon, le porte-glaive de Collectif, Golias (Lyon), 1999, ISBN 2-911453-39-5.
  • L'Énigme Pasqua, Golias (Lyon), 2000, ISBN 2-911453-88-3.
  • Terrorisme en soutane : Jean-Paul II contre l'IVG par le Réseau Voltaire pour la liberté d'expression, L'Esprit frappeur (Paris), 2000, ISBN 2-84405-141-3.
  • 9/11 The Big Lie, Carnot Publishing (London), 2002, ISBN 1-59209-026-5.
  • Pentagate, USA Books (New York), 2002, ISBN 1-59209-028-1.
  • Os Senhores da Guerra, Frenesi (Lisboa), 2002, ISBN 972-8351-67-4.
  • Foreword (with Jean Ziegler), Le Cartel Bush, Timéli (Genève), 2004, ISBN 2-940342-05-9.
  • Politicamente Incorrecto, postface by Fidel Castro, Ciencias sociales (Cuba), 2004, ISBN 959-06-0640-7.
  • Foreword (with José Saramago), El Neron del siglo XXI, Apostrofe (Madrid), 2004, ISBN 84-455-0258-1.
  • L'Effroyable imposture 1 & Le Pentagate, Nouvelle édition annotée, Demi-lune (Paris), 2007, ISBN 978-2-9525571-6-0.
  • Resistere alla menzogna in Zero, Perché la versione ufficiale sull'11/9 è un falso (avec Giulietto Chiesa), Piemme (Milan), 2007, ISBN 978-88-384-6838-4.
  • L'Effroyable imposture 2. Manipulations et désinformation, Editions Alphée-Jean-Paul Bertrand (Paris), 2007, ISBN 978-2-7538-0239-1.
  • Before Our Very Eyes, Fake Wars and Big Lies: From 9/11 to Donald Trump, Progressive Press, 2019, ISBN 978-1615770120


  1. ^ Riding, Alan (22 June 2002). "Sept. 11 as Right-Wing U.S. Plot: Conspiracy Theory Sells in France". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d Henley, Jon (1 April 2002). "US invented air attack on Pentagon, claims French book". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Aaronovitch, David (19 December 2009). "A Conspiracy-Theory Theory". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  4. ^ Meyssan, Thierry (2002). L'Effroyable imposture. Carnot Editions.
  5. ^ Peter Knight "Outrageous Conspiracy Theories: Popular and Official Responses to 9/11 in Germany and the United States" New German Critique, No. 103, Dark Powers: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory in History and Literature (Winter, 2008), pp. 165-193 Published by: Duke University Press Stable URL: Retrieved 30 January 2018 16:25 UTC
  6. ^ Paul, Jonny (17 October 2010). "Iran-funded book accuses Israel of Hariri assassination". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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