French comic Dieudonne goes on trial for 'defending terrorism'
French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala arrives at the Paris court house, France, to attend his trial, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP / Zacharie Scheurer)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:17AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:18AM EST
PARIS - Controversial French comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has gone on trial charged with "defending terrorism" in a Facebook post made after the three-day terror spree in Paris last month.
The comic, known by his stage name Dieudonne, made a Facebook posting which said "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly." The post, which has since been taken down, merges the names of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine where two gunmen killed 12 people, and that of Amedy Coulibaly, who prosecutors say killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket and a policewoman. All three gunmen were killed in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces Jan. 9.
Dieudonne has multiple convictions for hate speech and has faced allegations of anti-Semitism for a gesture he popularized that many say mimics a Nazi salute.