Latest Issue

France profonde

The press, lies and terrorism

By Tim King   April 2004

The Madrid train bombings had a particularly chilling effect on France. Exactly one week earlier, to the hour, a French regional newspaper, La Deche du Midi, had broken the news that there were eight bombs under the French railway network. Jean-Christophe Giesbert, editor of the Toulouse-based paper, broke the story and revealed that for several weeks the government and some journalists had known about the threat, but kept the public in the dark. As far as anyone knows the bombs are still there.

In December last year, a previously unknown terrorist group, AZF, began sending ransom demands to Jacques Chirac:…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect