Online comments made by a controversial French comedian deriding the "Je suis Charlie" [I am Charlie] slogan show "disrespect and a propensity to stir hatred," says Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
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Earlier Monday, the Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation on charges of advocating terrorism into Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, known as Dieudonne, for posting Sunday on his Facebook page that, "tonight, for me, I am Charlie Coulibaly."
The name Coulibaly makes reference to the Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who held more than a dozen people hostage at a kosher supermarket Friday, killing four. Dieudonne's post has since been taken down.
Dieudonne has been convicted in the past for anti-Semitic remarks, French media reported. Advocating terrorism carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison and a 100,000-euro ($127,921) fine, the minister said in a statement.