France – The city of Montpellier bans Dieudonné’s show


Initially scheduled for Friday August 18 in Montpellier, Dieudonné will not play his one-man show Sous bracelet: an extraordinary show . The PS mayor, Michaël Delafosse, issued an order this Saturday, August 5, prohibiting the controversial comedian from performing. The city councilor justifies his decision by his “numerous criminal convictions after having made insulting remarks, inciting racial hatred, Holocaust deniers or advocating acts of terrorism”.

In recent days, the announcement of the comedian’s arrival had aroused great controversy. Manu Reynaud, second deputy of Europe Ecology Les Verts (EELV) at the town hall, had made it clear that Dieudonné was not welcome. On X (formerly Twitter), the elected official had notably affirmed that insults and provocation to racial hatred had no place in Montpellier.

This new disappointment for the comedian is in addition to the recent one of the possible ban on his show La Cage aux fous , in partnership with the singer Francis Lalanne, supposed to take place at the Zénith de Paris next fall.

After consulting the script for the play, the prefect of police of Paris, Laurent Nunez, affirmed that certain passages of the show attacked “human dignity”. The prefect also pointed out the risks of “disturbing public order” that the representation of Dieudonné’s show could cause. Informed of the possible disregard of his representation, the multi-condemned comedian promised, “for the sake of appeasement”, to amend his text of the most problematic parts. 

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