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Controversial French comic given go-ahead for new show after ban

Published on Jan 14, 2014 7:57 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French comic Dieudonne, whose controversial show was banned over its "anti-Semitic" slant, has been given the green light to perform a replacement sketch in Paris, his lawyer said on Monday.

Branded a "pedlar of hate" by the government, Dieudonne has been at the heart of a furore over sketches widely viewed as anti-Semitic that prompted local authorities to block shows in his nationwide The Wall tour at the request of Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

He tried to challenge the individual bans in court last week but failed, deciding instead to circumvent the ban by presenting an alternate performance called Asu Zoa focused on Africa.

"They (local authorities) indicated that the original show, 'The Wall', was banned and note that this is a new show," said Jacques Verdier, his lawyer, adding they had allowed it to go ahead on Monday in the French capital.

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