They pretend to admire them now that they are not risking anything. However, if they would have been alive at that time, they would have been part of the 80% of the French collaborators who condemned the resistance fighters.
The term “conspiracy theory” became a negative, pejorative “meme” thru the hidden machinations of the Central Intelligence Agency immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This is not supposition, but rather historical fact. Prior to the Kennedy assassination, the term “conspiracy theory” was not considered a negative or pejorative, but simply a method of connecting the dots of history to reveal certain patterns of evidence which isolated inquiry of events often overlooked.
After November 22, 1963, the term “conspiracy theory” became a negative “meme.” From “The Unz Review” of September 5th, 2016, written by Ron Unz, we find a very thorough examination of just how and why the CIA decided to morph the term “conspiracy theory” into the negative connotation this term carries with it today: