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January 12, 2014 4:25 pm

French Comedian Who Popularized Nazi-Style Salute Cancels Nationwide Tour

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Dieudonné M'bala M'bala—the anti-Semitic French comedian who invented the quenelle. Photo: Axis for Peace via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgFrench comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who has been accused of anti-Semitism in connection with his Nazi-style “quenelle” salute, has canceled his planned nationwide “The Wall” tour after several cities banned his show.

“We live in a democratic country and I have to comply with the laws, despite the blatant political interference,” Dieudonné said in a statement on Saturday, Le Monde reported.

The quenelle, described as a “reverse Nazi salute,” was made popular by Dieudonné, who ran for the European Parliament under the “anti-Zionist” party list in 2009.

On Friday, France’s highest court upheld bans on Dieudonné’s shows in Nantes, Tours, Orleans, and Paris.

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