Controversial French comic Dieudonne’s planned opening show in Nantes on Thursday night will not now go ahead.
Judges in the Council of State the country’s highest administrative court have upheld a ban on the performance of the comedian. The government has accused him of being anti-Semitic.
Interior Minister Manuel Vals had advised local authorities that the show could be banned if it was deemed to present a threat to public order.
But Dieudonne and his lawyer won the initial case to have the ban in Nantes lifted. Vals appealed and the court has ruled in favour of the government.
Its reported police had been deployed to the theatre where the comic was due to appear.