The French Housing Minister Christine Boutin has suggested that the US President George W Bush might have been behind the September 11 attacks.
A website dedicated to promoting September 11 conspiracy theories has posted a video- interview of Boutin questioning the theory that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda group orchestrated the attacks. In an interview in November, before she became minister, when asked whether she thought Bush might be behind the attacks, Boutin says: “I think it is possible. I think it is possible.”Boutin backs her assertion by pointing to the large number of people who visit websites that challenge the official line over the September 11 strikes against US cities.
Boutin’s office sought to play down the remarks, saying that later in the same interview she says: “I’m not telling you that I adhere to that position.” But this comment does not appear on the video clip posted on the website.
Numerous other websites have also posted the clip in recent days and the story has started to seep into the mainstream media.
France has been among the skeptic conspiracy theories supporting groups. In 2002, a book that claimed that no aircraft hit the US Pentagon in the September 11 attacks topped the French bestseller lists.
According to a Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll carried out last July, more than one-third of Americans suspect US officials helped in the September 11 attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could later use it as an excuse for going to war. The US has rejected such accusations.
Watch the interview of Christine Boutin (French):