Long before there was the internet, there were conspiracy theories: neatly-bundled stories to explain events that are hard to swallow. So why does a new survey show that a growing number of French people believe them? Is it up to citizens to sort the wheat from the chaff? Or does the state get involved - like last week, when French President Emmanuel Macron promised a bill to crack down on fake news?
Produced by Charles WENTE, Alessandro XENOS, Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Media sociologist, Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, @divinameigs
Director, American Section of the Lycée International, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Professor, Brooklyn College
Lecturer, Sciences Po