PARIS (AP) -- French comic Dieudonne has been detained for defending terrorism after posting comments on Facebook -- since deleted -- that seemed to support the attackers who left 17 dead in the Paris region.
Dieudonne, who popularized an arm gesture that resembles a Nazi salute and who has been convicted repeatedly of racism and anti-Semitism, was in detention Wednesday. His provocative performances were banned last year but he has a core following among many of France's disaffected young people.
France's government is preparing new anti-terrorism measures and says it want to crack down on anyone who defends terrorism. On Monday, a man who praised the attackers in a drunken rant while resisting arrest was sentenced to four years in prison.