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Controversial French comic Dieudonne wins court battle


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Controversial French comic Dieudonne wins court battle

A court in France has ruled controversial comic Dieudonne can open his nationwide tour in Nantes on Thursday evening.

His performances have been seen as anti-Semitic and his latest show is said to contain a string of derogatory references to Jews.

Local authorities had barred the opening event, following in the footsteps of other cities which acted on the grounds of risk to public order.

The court’s decision is seen as a victory for the comic whose lawyer had argued his clients right to freedom of expression was being breached.

“There is no alternative there is no plan B to go elsewhere, the show will be at the agreed venue,” Jacques Verdier, the lawyer for Dieudonne said.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls has appealed against the ,lifting of the ban and a decision is expected soon. He had advised local authorities that the show could be banned if it was deemed to present a threat to public order.

Venues in Bordeaux and Marseille have cancelled the comic’s performances.

Despite his notoriety it is reported 5,000 tickets have already been sold for the show in Nantes.

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