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French Minister Tells Mayors to Ban Shows by Antisemitic Comic

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

French interior Minister Manuel Valls instructed French mayors to ban performances by the antisemitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.

Valls sent the non-binding recommendation in a circular to French municipalities on Monday, days before Dieudonne is scheduled to launch a nationwide tour, the French news agency AFP reported.

“I have sent an instruction today to all mayors,” Valls said at a news conference near Paris. “It recalls that mayors and municipalities may prohibit a show if it risks creating a disturbance to public order.”

The text stipulates that the the mayors may ban shows that have served as crime scenes, if they are seen to abuse freedom of artistic expression or if they are “prone to undermine human dignity.”

Dieudonne has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews and is facing an eighth trial for suggesting during a show that the French Jewish journalist Patrick Cohen belonged in a gas chamber. He also is the originator of the quenelle, the increasingly popular gesture in France that has been called anti-Semitic and a quasi-Nazi salute.

“The mayors have the judicial means to act and I am sure they will,” Valls told reporters.

Patrick Rimbert, the mayor of Nantes in western France, has not banned the debut performance of Dieudonne’s tour, which is scheduled for Thursday. He did, however, tell the news site ouest-france.fr that he did not want Dieudonne to perform in his city.

Several prominent campaigners against antisemitism, including the Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, have called on the municipality to ban the show and, failing that, for protesters to rally in front of the Zenith Theater where Dieudonne is scheduled to perform.

Nazi-Hunter’s Wife Long Shot Presidential Wannabe

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The German-born wife of French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, Beate, has been nominated Monday by the Left party as a candidate for the German presidency in next month’s elections.

The 73-year-old Klarsfeld will compete against former East German pro-democracy activist Joachim Gauck in a March 18 vote by a special parliamentary assembly.

In 1968, Beate Klarsfeld became famous after slapping then-West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, who was also a former Nazi party member, in Berlin.

Germany’s most recent President, Christian Wulff, was forced to resign in a corruption scandal.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/nazi-hunters-wife-long-shot-presidential-wannabe/2012/02/27/

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