French cities ban comedian Dieudonné over Nazi-style ‘quenelle’ salute

( Major French cities are banning controversial comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who has been accused of anti-Semitism in connection with his Nazi-style “quenelle” salute.

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, the French comedian who popularized the Nazi-style "quenelle" salute. Credit: Axis for Peace via Wikimedia Commons.

The mayors of Marseille, Tours, and Bordeaux banned Dieudonné, who is currently on tour, from performing in their cities, Reuters 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. The French government is also considering banning Dieudonné.

“The [quenelle] gesture has gained popularity amongst young people, and reunites extremists from the Islamist camp, the extreme right, and left as well as revolutionaries with one common objective: the fight against the ‘Tel-Aviv-Washington axis’ as well as Jewish power and Zionism,” Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Paris office, recently told

Posted on January 7, 2014 .