French 9/11 'lie' book ruled revisionist

8th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - A Paris judge Monday struck down a defamation lawsuit lodged by a French author of a best-selling book questioning the reality of the September 11, 2001 attacks, ruling the work could be called "revisionist".

PARIS, Dec 8 (AFP) - A Paris judge Monday struck down a defamation lawsuit lodged by a French author of a best-selling book questioning the reality of the September 11, 2001 attacks, ruling the work could be called "revisionist".

The verdict was a defeat for Thierry Meyssan, who had taken a magazine to court for applying that description to his book, "9/11: The Big Lie", in which he accuses US authorities of stage-managing the 2001 attacks for their own political and commercial ends and postulates that a hijacked aircraft never crashed into the Pentagon.

Meyssan had claimed EUR 8,000 (USD 9,800) against the publication Impact-Medecin for an April 5, 2002 article titled "On-line delirium" that dismissed his book as "revisionist", because he felt such a term was usually used for historians who rejected Nazi war crimes.

But the judge said Monday that the adjective aimed only "to highlight the isolated character of this hypothesis which — against international opinion unanimously convinced of the reality of the attack on the Pentagon and its attribution to Islamic 'fanatics' — contends that this attack was purely a set-up resulting from a plot thought up by an American military-industrial group close to the president of the United States."

It was the second time Meysson, a polemicist who enraged many Americans with his theory, has lost a case over the book. On October 3 a court upheld the right of the French newspaper Liberation to provide sharply sceptical coverage of the work as conspiracy-mongering.

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