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French comic Dieudonne detained for defending terrorism

French comic Dieudonne detained for defending terrorism; France readies anti-terror laws

French comic Dieudonne detained for defending terrorism

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.


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:07 GMT+08:00