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March 19, 2015 7:12 am

Inverted Nazi Salute Creator Dieudonne Found Guilty of Supporting Terrorism

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French comedian Dieudonne. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

French comedian Dieudonne. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who is known for inventing the inverted Nazi salute known as the quenelle, on Wednesday was found guilty of expressing support for terrorism after January’s Islamist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket.

In the days after the two attacks, Dieudonne wrote on Facebook that he felt “like Charlie Coulibaly,” referencing the perpetrator of the attack on the magazine, and playing on the “I am Charlie”catchphrase that became popular in the wake of that attack.

Dieudonne had already been convicted of hate speech several times, and for the latest remark he was given a suspended sentence of two months in jail. But he will not serve any prison time, and the sentence is much lower than the seven years of incarceration with a 100,000-euro ($106,000) fine he had faced.

France criminalizes the expression of racist views, including on the Internet. “The feeling of hostility towards the Jewish community that Dieudonne kept up in front of a public attracted by his charisma increases his responsibility,” the court wrote in its decision, Reuters reported.

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  • Rose

    Shouldn’t your headline be: Dieudonne Escapes Jail Time Despite Terrorism Conviction:

  • steve

    The racist muslims say that jews are descended from monkeys but Dieudonne the racist muslim actually looks like a monkey. And I might add he acts and talks like a monkey.

    • American

      Some Jews say that Jesus is a monkey. Watch some Israeli tv to see this lunacy in action. 🙂

  • Lynne T

    Dieudonne did not invent the “quenelle”. It was a gesture he copied from the late Peter Sellers in the role of the mad wheelchair bound physisist, Dr. Strangelove, in the movie of the same title, struggling to keep himself from making the full blown Nazi salute now that he was working for the US government.

    The guy is surely on Iran’s payroll and should be investigated for that, assuming France has laws about such dealings.