Court sides with comic over Jewish TV sketch

8th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 7 (AFP) - A Paris appeals court Wednesday confirmed the acquittal of comedian Dieudonné, who was accused of racism for appearing on television dressed as an Orthodox Jew and giving the Nazi salute.

PARIS, Sept 7 (AFP) - A Paris appeals court Wednesday confirmed the acquittal of comedian Dieudonné, who was accused of racism for appearing on television dressed as an Orthodox Jew and giving the Nazi salute.

Jewish groups took the case to appeal in May after a lower court found in favour of Dieudonné, a 37 year-old of French-Cameroonian parents with a large following among black and Arab immigrants.

But the appeals court agreed that the comic's skit did not lampoon Jews as a group, but right-wing Israelis.

Dieudonné, whose real name is  Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala, caused outrage among Jewish groups in December 2003 when he performed his sketch on national television, jokingly urging French youth to "join the Axis of Good: the American-Zionist Axis".

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