French comedian who popularized Nazi-style salute cancels nationwide tour

( French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who has been accused of anti-Semitism in connection with his Nazi-style “quenelle” salute, has canceled his planned nationwide “The Wall” tour after several cities banned his show.

"We live in a democratic country and I have to comply with the laws, despite the blatant political interference,” Dieudonné said in a statement on Saturday, Le Monde reported. 

The quenelle, described as a “reverse Nazi salute,” was made popular by Dieudonné, who ran for the European Parliament under the “anti-Zionist” party list in 2009. 

On Friday, France’s highest court upheld bans on Dieudonné’s shows in Nantes, Tours, Orleans, and Paris. 

Posted on January 12, 2014 .