French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) 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 afterÂ January’s Islamist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and Hyper CacherÂ kosher supermarket.
In the days after the two attacks, DieudonneÂ wroteÂ on Facebook that he felt “like Charlie Coulibaly,” referencing the perpetrator of the attack on the magazine, and playing on theÂ “I am Charlie” catchphraseÂ that became popular in the wake of that attack.
DieudonneÂ hadÂ already been convicted of hate speech severalÂ times, and for the latest remark heÂ was given a suspendedÂ sentenceÂ ofÂ two months in jail. But he will not serve any prison time, and the sentence is much lower than the seven years of incarcerationÂ with a 100,000-euro ($106,000) fineÂ 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 inÂ its decision, Reuters reported.
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