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French minister: OK to ban comic’s show

January 6, 2014 • Entertainment


FILE – In this May 13, 2009 file photo, controversial French comic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, known as Dieudonne, answers reporters as he heads for the interior Ministry to submit a list of candidates for the upcoming European elections, in Paris. The Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday Jan. 2, 2013, it is investigating threats against a comedian the French interior minister wants banned from the stage for what he says are racist and anti-Semitic performances. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

PARIS (AP) — France’s interior minister said Monday that local officials have the right to ban shows on a national tour of a comic whose performances are considered anti-Semitic.

Hours later, Bordeaux’s mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, accepted the offer, making the wine capital the first French city to cancel a show by Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala ahead of the comic’s tour.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls’ decision to target Dieudonne was unusual because it touches on what might be viewed as free expression and because Dieudonne has performed for decades.

He is now well known for popularizing a hand gesture that’s been used by sports stars such as Nicolas Anelka. Valls has criticized the “quenelle” gesture as an “inverted Login to read more

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