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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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