French comic detained for defending terrorism

2015-01-14 12:34
French police officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris, France. (Thibault Camus, AP)

French police officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris, France. (Thibault Camus, AP)

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Paris - French comic Dieudonne has been detained for defending terrorism after posting comments on Facebook that seemed to support the attackers who left 17 dead in the Paris region.

Dieudonne, who popularized an arm gesture that resembles a Nazi salute and who has been convicted repeatedly of racism and anti-Semitism, was in detention on Wednesday for the posts, which have since been deleted.

His provocative performances were banned last year but he has a core following among many of France's disaffected young people.

France's government is preparing new anti-terrorism measures and says it will crack down on anyone who defends terrorism.

On Monday, a man who praised the attackers in a drunken rant while resisting arrest was sentenced to four years in prison.

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