Controversial French comic tells court he seeks peace

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Posted: Jan 28, 2015 2:46 PM
Controversial French comic tells court he seeks peace

PARIS (AP) — Controversial French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala has told a court he wants "to make peace" with critics who have accused the 12-times convicted performer of anti-Semitism and inciting racial hatred.

Dieudonne is being prosecuted for inciting racial hatred for comments he made during a 2013 performance in 2013 and on a video. The 48-year-old could be fined 30,000 euros ($34,000) if found guilty. A ruling is expected March 19.

He faces a separate hearing next week over a Facebook post seen as praising one of the attackers in this month's Paris terror attacks.

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Last year French authorities banned several of Dieudonne's performances, in which he made light of the Holocaust and popularized a gesture some describe as an inverted Nazi salute.

In court Wednesday Dieudonne said "I'm not an anti-Semite."