Dieudonné avoids jail after sympathising with terrorist


Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been handed a two-month suspended sentence for likening himself to a Paris terrorist.

Dieudonné caused outrage when he posted a video of himself on Facebook saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” shortly after the attacks on a kosher supermarket and satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.

The statement was a play on the popular “Je suis Charlie” slogan that was widely used by people showing their support for freedom of speech following the attacks, and the name of the Hyper Cacher killer, Amedy Coulibaly.

The comedian was ordered to pay a €30,000 fine in addition to the suspended sentence. The maximum possible penalty for incitement to hatred and being a terrorism apologist is a seven-year sentence and €100,000 fine.

Testifying in court last month Dieudonne said: "Of course I condemn the attacks without any restraint and without any ambiguity."

The comedian has caused controversy in the past for popularising the Nazi-like “quenelle” gesture and has previously had shows banned for their antisemitic content.

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