French cities ban 'la quenelle' comedian accused of anti-Semitic jibes

Mayors of several French cities lined up on Tuesday to ban the shows of a comedian the government accuses of insulting the memory of Holocaust victims and threatening public order with anti-Semitic jibes.


The mayor of Tours barred a performance by Dieudonne M'bala M'bala set for Friday in the central French city, following mayors of

Marseille and Bordeaux who late on Monday announced bans on his tour due to start this week.


The row is the latest upset to ties between France's large Muslim and Jewish communities. It won international attention last week after former France striker Nicolas Anelka celebrated an English Premier League goal with a salute popularized by Dieudonne which critics say has an anti-Semitic connotation.(Reuters)