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French comedian Dieudonné drops show deemed anti-Semitic

By Reuters Staff
January 13, 2014

(French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, also known as just “Dieudonne”, attends a news conference at the “Theatre de la Main d’or” in Paris January 11, 2014.REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes )

A French comedian has dropped a show banned for its anti-Semitic language, and was planning one that would cause no objections.

On Friday, France’s highest administrative court upheld a ban on a show by the black comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala in the central city of Tours, days after it was also banned in the western city of Nantes.

Dieudonné said in a statementon Saturday that his lawyers would continue to defend the banned show in court, and that his new show, about Africa, would have none of the language that the courts found objectionable.

“We live in a democratic country and I have to comply with the laws, despite the blatant political interference. As a comedian, I have pushed the debate to the very edge of laughter,” Dieudonné said in a statement on French television.

Dieudonné, 46, has been repeatedly fined for “hate speech”, and local authorities in several towns have barred his shows as a threat to public order.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls has urged local authorities to take a hard line in determining whether or not to ban the show. Dieudonné had been due to perform in the city of Orleans on Saturday, but the show was cancelled by a local court following a request by the mayor.

– by Geert De Clercq and Jean-Baptiste Vey in Paris

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