Mapping the French conspiracist web

With the help of Rudy Reichstadt, founder of ConspiracyWatch, Joël Gombin presents here a map of French conspiracist websites. (More precisely, they are French-speaking websites: some of them are from Switzerland, Belgium or Quebec). This allows us to see how a dense network of websites help to spread conspiracy theories, making themselves seem more credible by linking to  Read more

August 4, 2014 in France, News, Research

The Conspiratorial Mindset in an Age of Transition

Conspiracy Theories in France, Hungary and Slovakia – Survey Results Executive summary Conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as a psychological problem that only affects a small minority – a subtler suspicion of political institutions and their power is far more pervasive. The current period of transition in Europe has resulted in increased uncertainty about  Read more

December 20, 2013 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News, Slovakia

Short report on Counterpoint and’s “media and conspiracy theories” seminar

On November 8, 2013, a seminar was organised by Counterpoint (Joël Gombin) and in la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris’ space for digital arts. The focus of this seminar was the relationships between the media and conspiracy theories. What should be done about them? Should they be ignored, at the risk of fueling the idea that  Read more

November 10, 2013 in France, News, Pilot projects

Seminar on popular education and conspiracy theories: summary and conclusions

Organised by Counterpoint, in partnership with the CNAJEP (Comité pour les relations nationales et internationales des associations de jeunesse et d’éducation populaire – committee for national and international associations of youth and popular education) – Paris, October 31, 2013.   This seminar brought together researchers and experts on conspiracy theories, including Rudy Reichstadt, founder of  Read more

November 2, 2013 in France, News, Pilot projects

Trust and conspiracy theories

In May, Counterpoint published a report on the French public’s interest in conspiracy theories. The findings were striking – 1 in 2 people believed that the government was not running the country and that they did not know who was pulling the strings. Moreover, 20 per cent believed that “some religious groups” and 27 per  Read more

July 3, 2013 in Analyses, France, News

Conspiracy Theories in France: Interim report

Counterpoint published its interim report on beliefs in conspiracy theories in France, as part of the project ”Rival political Narratives” with the Hungarian-based political consultancy Political Capital. Counterpoint’s focus countries for this project are France and Norway. The project is generously supported by the Open Society Foundations. As part of this project, Counterpoint is interested  Read more

May 6, 2013 in Analyses, France, News

Just another conspiracist?

France is bored. So, every now and then, the French like to indulge themselves in some fierce controversy with virtually nothing at stake. This year, the rentrée littéraire witnessed a polemic about a very short text (17 pages) entitled “Éloge littéraire d’Anders Breivik” (“Literary praise of Anders Breivik”), by Richard Millet. Millet is a prolific writer, and a  Read more

November 6, 2012 in Analyses, France, News

Shared dualisms: On populism and conspiracy theory

The number and importance of conspiracy theories appears to have increased globally over the last couple of decades. Many of these have focused on specific events (classics include the JFK assassination and the WTC attacks), but some of the more important contemporary conspiracy theories have been a direct consequence of socio-political developments in today’s society  Read more

July 24, 2012 in Analyses, France, News

A broken cordon sanitaire: the growing political relevance of the far right in Europe

Key findings In recent years, political parties on the radical right of the political spectrum in Europe have grown in popularity, to the point of entering coalition governments in the Netherlands and in Greece. The surge of the far right (on the West) is in part down to their shift toward milder policy positions and  Read more

May 30, 2012 in Analyses, France, Hungary, News

The psychology of conspiracy theory

Far right populist parties’ tend to make frequent reference to ‘others’ or an ’out-group’ – usually in terms in terms of either not belonging to ‘the nation’ or ‘the people’.  Most often, this is accompanied by a ‘fear of the other’, a xenophobic perspective on the socio-political environment.  This contributes to the creation of ‘us  Read more

May 23, 2012 in Analyses, France, News

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