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French comic Dieudonne banned from entering Britain: Interior Ministry

Published on Feb 3, 2014 9:39 PM
 
In this picture taken on Jan 11, 2014 controversial French humourist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala holds a fly-swatter as he gives a press conference in the Theatre de la Main d'or in Paris. Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been banned from entering Britain, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, Feb 3, 2014, after he reportedly planned to visit to support Nicolas Anelka over the footballer's use of the "quenelle" gesture. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been banned from entering Britain, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, after he reportedly planned to visit to support Nicolas Anelka over the footballer's use of the "quenelle" gesture.

"We can confirm that Mr Dieudonne is subject to an exclusion order. The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so," a Home Office spokesman said. “The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so.”

British media reported last week that Dieudonne was planning to perform a show in Britain and hold a press conference in support of his friend, French international Anelka.

Dieudonne, who has been widely accused of promoting anti-Semitism, already has a string of convictions in France for hate speech and other related offences.

 
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