French political advisor Jacques Attali didn’t call for world depopulation through pandemics or vaccines
Jacques Attali is a French economist, writer and political adviser. While his interests span many topics, from economy to politics to society, there is no evidence he ever advocated for depopulation nor using a pandemic or treatments targeted at fighting the pandemic to control population size.
Factually inaccurate: The quote attributed to Attali doesn’t exist in any of his writings. Attali denied having written anything similar.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a disinformation narrative unfolded, claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned as a tool to reduce the world population, either due to the virus itself or through the COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact-checks repeatedly debunked this narrative, showing that it had no basis in fact. Scientific evidence indicates that SARS-CoV-2 is real and that the pandemic hasn’t been planned. It also shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective at preventing death from the disease, and not responsible for excess mortality.
Among the claims that fall within this narrative is the claim that French political adviser Jacques Attali had written in his book “Verbatim” that “the future will be about finding a way to reduce the population” and that, to do so, the elites would “find a real cause, a pandemic” after having “taken care of having panned the treatment”. People would then willingly get a treatment that would actually kill them instead. “They will go to the slaughterhouse alone,” Attali wrote allegedly.
This claim, taken in the context of the events of 2021 and 2022, clearly implies that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global vaccination campaign are a materialization of the plan outlined by Attali in 1981.
However, this quote is inaccurate and falsely attributed to Attali. Indeed, Snopes verified that “Verbatim” doesn’t contain that quote attributed to Attali. An alternative version of the claim placed the quote in another of Attali’s books, titled “Future Life”. However, this book again doesn’t contain the quote attributed to Attali, as verified by AFP and Attali told AFP in 2021 that he never wrote anything similar to what was claimed.