FRANCE — Several French cities banned performances by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala following a recommendation by the interior minister of France to the country’s mayors.
Shows were banned by mayors in Marseille, Bordeaux, Tours and Nantes, the opening venue of the comedian’s national tour that was to launch Jan. 9, Reuters reported.
In addition, President François Hollande told a meeting of senior government officials in Paris this week: “No one should be able to use this show for provocation and to promote openly anti-Semitic ideas.”
Dieudonné has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews and is facing an eighth trial for suggesting during a show that the French Jewish journalist Patrick Cohen belonged in a gas chamber.
He is the originator of the quenelle, the increasingly popular gesture in France and Europe that has been called anti-Semitic and a quasi-Nazi salute.