Dieudonné Will be Tried in Court for ‘Advocating Terrorism’

French authorities announced an investigation of French comedian Dieudonné for “advocating terrorism” following his Facebook post after the Paris attacks. (Photo: The Telegraph UK)
French authorities announced an investigation of French comedian Dieudonné for “advocating terrorism” following his Facebook post after the Paris attacks. (Photo: The Telegraph UK)

French authorities announced an investigation of French comedian Dieudonné for “advocating terrorism” following his Facebook post after the Paris attacks.

“Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly”, the comedian wrote, playing the expression “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) off a reference to Friday’s kosher supermarket attacker Amedy Coulibaly.

Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve referred to the comedian’s remarks as “contemptible” when he visited the heart of Paris’ Jewish community. In response to Cazeneuve’s remarks, Dieudonné said the government is trying to “ruin my life when I am only trying to make people laugh.” He then removed the Facebook post.

Dieudonné is known for creating the quenelle, an inverted Nazi salute. In 2013, French soccer player Nicolas Anelka was suspended for five games for making the hand gesture. The comedian also drew criticism for his post following the rally in Paris attended by over a million people, calling it “a magical moment comparable to the Big Bang.”

The French government has banned Dieudonné’s shows because it considers them anti-Semitic. The comedian will now be tried in court for his remarks and could face between five to seven years in prison and up to an 100,000 euro fine. His lawyer responded to the charges by saying: “We live in the country of freedom of speech?…The government must provide proof.”

In September the court opened an investigation against Dieudonné following a video in which he joked about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS.

French Football Star Accuses French National Team of Racism and Islamophobia

News Agencies – December 7, 2010

Chelsea football player Nicolas Anelka has accused French football of effective racism following the treatment of some of the country’s World Cup flops this season. When Anelka faced Marseille in September 2010 he was jeered throughout, leading the forward to suggest there was more to the treatment of some of the World Cup squad than met the eye.

“In difficult moments, we see what people really think. They said ‘Franck Ribery hit Yoann Gourcuff; Gourcuff is a good French boy, Ribery is a Muslim. It went too far. When the France team does not win, then immediately people start to talk about religion and race.”

And the striker, who received an 18-game ban from the national team for his part in the World Cup problems, revealed he was not very patriotic about his homeland and he would rather quit the team than sing the national anthem. “I am not ‘made in France’ – that is the place where I have had nothing but trouble.

Record Number of French Muslim Football Players Participate In the Euro 2008 Tournament

According to Islam Online, a record number of nine Muslim soccer players are part of the 23-person squad of Les Bleus (the French team’s nickname). 25-year-old Franck Rib_ry is known for supplicating to God before the game kickoff, saying Islam is the source of power for me inside and outside the football field. Other players include Eric Abidal, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram, Nicolas Anelka, Lassana Diarra, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Haten Ben Arfa. Sixteen teams are participating in the tournament which runs until June 29. The winner of the Euro 2008 will represent the European continent at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.