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France moves to ban controversial comic Dieudonne for anti-semitic material

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:13 AM
 
A poster which presents the one man show named "Le Mur" (L) by French comedian Dieudonne is seen in front of the Theatre de La Main d'or in Paris Dec 30, 2013. France moved on Monday to try and ban performances by the controversial comic just days before the start of a nationwide tour of a one-man show containing anti-semitic material. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - France moved on Monday to try and ban performances by controversial comic Dieudonne just days before the start of a nationwide tour of a one-man show containing anti-semitic material.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said he had advised local prefects of police that Dieudonne's shows could be banned if they are deemed to present a threat to public order.

"With the tour about to begin, I believe I had no choice but to take action," Mr Valls told reporters.

Authorities in the southwestern city of Bordeaux were the first to act, banning the comedian's January 26 show for undisclosed reasons, and officials elsewhere are also considering preventing him from performing.

 
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