French Court Bans DVD of Controversial Comedian Dieudonné

Judges rule that DVD is anti-Semitic, condones the Holocaust and encourages 'collaboration with the enemy.'

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French comedian  Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala.
French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala.Credit: AP

A Paris court has banned the sale of a DVD by controversial stand-up comedian Dieudonné on the grounds that it is anti-Semitic, condones the Holocaust and encourages“collaboration with the enemy,” according to French media reports.

The comedian's stage show The Wall was banned in January 2014 due to its anti-Semitic content. The Council of State, France's highest court, later threw out Dieudonné's appeal against the ruling.

On Wednesday, the court ruled in favor of a complaint by the League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra) and banned the sale of DVDs of the show.

The judges found that sections of the show constituted incitement of racial hatred against Jews, that a section about the Holocaust was denial of a crime against humanity and remarks about journalist Patrick Cohen condoned a crime against humanity.

Dieudonné and his publishing company La Plume were ordered to pay 5,000 euros in damages to Licra and 2,500 euros costs.

Dieudonné is still facing legal action for allegedly condoning the killing of four Jews in a Paris kosher deli in January.

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