'Almost six out of ten self-professed “yellow vests” in France believe that Diana, Princess of Wales, was assassinated, according to a new study suggesting the movement is steeped in conspiracy theories.
The astonishingly high figure among yellow vests was part of a study looking at ten conspiracy theories widely circulated on social media since the start of the movement in mid-November. It found that 40 per cent of ”gilets jaunes” believed in at least half of the theories. In most cases, they were more than twice as likely to believe a theory than the national average.
By comparison, some 34 per cent of the general population said they believe that Diana’s death in a car accident under Paris’ pont de l’Alma in August 1997 was a “masked murder”, according to the Ifop study. That tallies roughly with a 2013 YouGov poll in the UK, which put the figure at 38 per cent.
The poll also reveals that almost a quarter of “gilets jaunes” are convinced that a terror attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg was a diversionary tact by the government to spoil their latest round of protests. Isil claimed responsibility for the attack and police found documents suggesting the gunman, Cherif Chekatt, was sympathiser of the Islamist group. Only 10 per cent of the rest of the French population share the yellow vests’ view.
The Ifop study was conducted for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, a think tank, and Conspiracy Watch.'
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