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Saturday 19 April 2014

French comic abandons disputed show

A fan of French comic Dieudonne Mbala Mbala hold up a t-shirt with his face on (AP)

A French comic who has been repeatedly convicted of inciting racial hatred or anti-Semitism has agreed to abandon a controversial show banned in multiple cities.

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala's act angered the French government and drew widespread attention in recent weeks.

A Paris performance on Saturday was banned by authorities. Several police vans lined the street outside the Paris theatre, and disappointed fans gathered outside.

Afterwards, the comedian told a news conference he will no longer perform his "Le Mur" act but plans a new show. He insisted he's not anti-Semitic and said, "I upset a lot of people and I will continue to do so, through laughter."

He has derided the Holocaust and popularised the "quenelle" hand gesture, which some describe as an inverted Nazi salute.

AP

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