Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rights group sues US government over ‘deportation mill’

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Europe

Banned from UK, Dieudonné gives Queen 'quenelle' salute

© Photo: AFP

Video by Bénédicte PAVIOT

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-04

French comedian Dieudonné has been banned from entering Britain, the Home Office said on Monday. Dieudonné reportedly planned a trip to support footballer Nicolas Anelka, who is under fire for using the comic's trademark salute at a match.

"We can confirm that Mr Dieudonné is subject to an exclusion order. The home secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so," a Home Office spokeswoman said.

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, whose trademarked "quenelle" gesture has been likened to a downward Nazi salute, has come under fire in France for anti-Semitic comments that he has used as part of his comedy act.

Hours after the ban was announced, Dieudonné performed the quenelle when referring to Queen Elizabeth II during a show in Switzerland.

The comedian has been banned from performing in several French cities on the grounds of maintaining public order as authorities probe whether he should face charges for breaking French laws against "inciting racial hatred".

French President François Hollande has publicly backed the ban on his performances.

Dieudonné made international headlines after footballer Nicolas Anelka performed his quenelle during an English Premier League match in December. Anelka faces a lengthy ban after being charged by the Football Association over the salute on grounds of racism.

Dieudonné, whose father is from Cameroon and whose mother is French Caucasian, says the quenelle gesture is merely an anti-establishment salute.

If found guilty, Anelka faces a minimum five-game suspension under new anti-discrimination measures introduced last year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-02-03

  • FRANCE

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

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Anti-Semitic comic backs down, to unveil new routine

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French ban on anti-Semitic comic fuels free speech debate

    Read more

COMMENT(S)