Court upholds ban on 'anti-Semitic' French comedian

A top French court has upheld the original ban on comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala from performing after a lower court ruled he could perform in Nantes tonight. He created the "quenelle" hand gesture, which critics allege is anti-Semitic.

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'Anti-Semitic' French comedian pictured outside venue

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been pictured leaving the concert hall in Nantes where he was set to hold a show.

Controversial French humorist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala waves to fans at the Zenith concert hall in Nantes. Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

He was banned from performing after France's Council of State overturned a court decision that would have allowed his gig to go ahead.

The comedian is the creator of the "quenelle" hand gesture, which critics allege emulates the Nazi salute.

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Council of State overturns ruling on comic's show

The French Council of State has overturned a decision to allow controversial comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala to perform tonight.

Earlier today, a court in Nantes overturned a decision to ban the performance.

Local authorities in Nantes had barred the opening date of the comedian's tour on the grounds of risk to public order.

French Council of State hopes overturn ruling on show

The French Council of State is set to meet in Paris later today to try and overturn a decision to allow controversial comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala to perform a show.

French humorist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The comedian is the creator of the "quenelle" hand gesture, which critics allege emulates the Nazi salute.

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