Meyssan, whose book L'éffrayeuse imposture (9/11: The Big Lie) set French publishing records in 2002 and made him a controversial figure, is reported to be planning an event this weekend announcing his conversion to Islam alongside three other prominent anti-Zionist French intellectuals - Alain Soral, Dieudonné, and Paul-Éric Blanrue.
According to the Oumma.com report, Meyssan and the other new converts are arranging the public event to announce their conversions in order to strike a blow against Islamophobia: "The club of anti-Zionists has decided to deliver a huge kick to the Parisian Islamophobic anthill and make its blood boil."
Quoting the HistoryCommons.org entry on Thierry Meyssan:
The book l’Effroyable Imposture (The Horrifying Fraud) is published in France. The book claims that Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon on 9/11. It is written by Thierry Meyssan, “president of the Voltaire Network, a respected independent think tank whose left-leaning research projects have until now been considered models of reasonableness and objectivity.” [Guardian, 4/1/2002] The book is widely denounced by the media (See, for example, [Agence France-Presse, 3/21/2002; London Times, 5/19/2002; National Post, 8/31/2002; Baltimore Sun, 9/12/2002] ). One reporter heavily criticizes the book even while admitting never to have read it. [LA Weekly, 7/19/2002] In France, however, the book sets a publishing record for first-month sales. [Time (Europe), 5/20/2002] One of Meyssan’s theories is that people within the US government wanted to hit the Pentagon for its propaganda effect, but did not want to create a lot of damage or kill important people like Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. He notes that the plane hit the one section under construction, thus greatly reducing the loss of life. [Agence France-Presse, 3/21/2002; London Times, 5/19/2002] Furthermore, the wall at point of impact was the first and only one to be reinforced and have blast-resistant windows installed as part of an upgrade plan. [NFPA Journal, 11/1/2001]