Antisemitic French comedian given two year sentence for tax fraud

French comedian Dieudonné, a convicted antisemite whose shows the French government once tried to shut down, was sentenced to two years in jail for tax fraud and money laundering by a court in Paris.

The court in Paris handed him a 200,000 euro fine, as well as the two-year jail sentence, which he is unlikely to serve under arrangements that will allow him to do community service instead.

The trial related to over one million euros of undeclared earnings from the showman, whose full name is Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala.

Investigators found 657,000 euros at his home in cash, while he and accomplices sent 565,000 euros overseas, mainly to Cameroon where he has family roots.

Dieudonné, 53, once invited a Holocaust denier onto stage and rails against the “Zionist lobby” which he claims controls the world, though he claims his right to free speech has been infringed.

He has popularised a hand gesture known as the “quenelle”, which was criticized for resembling a Nazi salute.


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