The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF) announced on Twitter that it had filed a lawsuit against controversial comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala for having posted an antisemitic video featuring Jewish politician Simone Veil and notorious Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.
CRIF demanded that “Justice must act once and for all” against Dieudonné after filing the lawsuit, adding “His anti-Jewish public hatred and his Nazi sympathies must be [purged].”
Dieudonné, who has been jailed and fined tens-of-thousands of euros for past antisemitic remarks, came under fire from the organization after he posted a video where he constructs a mock conversation between Veil, a Holocaust survivor, and Faurisson.
Faurisson, a British-born French academic, gained notoriety for publishing numerous articles denying certain aspects of the Holocaust, including the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps and questioning the authenticity of The Diary of Anne Frank.
This is not the first time Dieudonné has attacked France’s former justice minister, who died in 2017. Right after her death, the comedian called Veil an “uninspiring woman who had long lived in the realm of oblivion. As far as I was concerned, she was already deceased.”
Dieudonné and CRIF have also waged legal battles for years, with the humorist filing a 2016 defamation complaint against the organization’s then-president Roger Cukierman, after the latter called him a “professional of anti-Semitism” on Europe 1 Radio. The complaint was later dismissed.
The so-called comedian is largely credited with creating and popularizing the “quenelle” gesture, which hs been described as an inverted Nazi, raised stiff-armed salute.