PARIS – A controversial French comedian was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly inciting terrorism after he posted a Facebook comment that could be interpreted as a sympathising message to one of last week’s shooters in Paris, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media.
Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was arrested and placed into custody after Paris prosecutors opened a probe into his “hated speech,” the news channel BFMTV said.
“Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” Dieudonne wrote on Sunday, merging the names of Paris-based Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen who shot dead a policewoman and four hostages at a kasher supermarket last week.
According to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, the comedian is facing an imprisonment of up to seven years and a 100,000 euros (US$118,000) fine.
Dieudonne, 48, has been repeatedly fined for hated speeches and anti-Semitic language. His show, “The Wall,” was banned by French court, considering it as a threat to public order. – Bernama