Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

NETANYAHU SAYS GAZA OPERATION WILL NOT END QUICKLY

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus : Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"What would you do?"

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

  • Israeli strikes target symbols of Hamas power

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

France

Over €600,000 found at comedian Dieudonné's home

Video by Charlotte HAWKINS , FRANCE 2

Text by Thomas HUBERT

Latest update : 2014-01-30

Police investigating Dieudonné M’bala M’bala’s failure to pay fines related to his anti-Semitism convictions seized large amounts of euros and dollars in co-ordinated raids on his home and theatre on January 28, 2014.

Sources close to the case told news agencies that police officers found more than 600,000 euros and 15,000 dollars in cash at M’bala M’bala’s home south-west of Paris. Other police officers searched the city-centre theatre where he appears under his stage name Dieudonné.

His lawyer acknowledged the cash seizure but declined to confirm the amounts. “It is the income from the theatre’s box office. It is all transparent," Jacques Verdier told AFP. He added that ticket receipts proved the origin of the cash was legal.

Verdier slammed investigators for leaking the information to the media. “This is a new attempt to smear Dieudonné, including by using financial means,” he told the I>télé news channel.

Dieudonné also failed to pay fines totalling 65,000 euros related to earlier convictions for anti-Semitic speech. He is now under investigation for multiple financial offences, including illegal attempts to raise money from the public to pay fines.

'Organised insolvency'

Investigators suspect him of having “organised his insolvency” by transferring his assets to his girlfriend and sending around 400,000 euros to his native Cameroon.

A bailiff sent to deliver a summons to his home on January 20 reported being shot at with rubber bullets. Dieudonné was briefly detained over the incident but was later released without charge.

The Canard Enchaîné newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Finance Ministry had sent a chauffeured car to drive the bailiff the 200km to the comedian’s home – an indication of the seriousness of the case in the eyes of the French authorities.

Dieudonné supports Nicolas Anelka’s “quenelle”

Dieudonné had to expunge jokes targeting Jews from his latest show after local authorities in several French towns banned him from performing under pressure from the government.

Yet in a rare interview with the British channel Sky News last week, he said he would continue to use the controversial “quenelle” gesture, which his critics say is derived from the Nazi salute. Dieudonné insisted the arm-extending posture was “anti-establishment” and had no racist meaning.

His supporters have been involved in a string of lawsuits for mimicking the gesture in public places. In the highest-profile case, French footballer Nicolas Anelka is facing disciplinary action by the English Football Association for performing a “quenelle” while playing for West Bromwich Albion in December.

Dieudonné told Sky News that he regarded Anelka as “a prince” for performing such a “noble” act.

Date created : 2014-01-30

  • FRANCE

    Anti-Semitic French comedian returns to stage after ban

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Dieudonné: from anti-racist to anti-Semitic zealot

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Thousands take part in Paris ‘Day of Anger’ targeting President Hollande

    Read more

COMMENT(S)