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Dieudonne fined for saying journo should’ve died in gas chambers

The French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was fined $24,000 for saying that a Jewish journalist should have died “in the gas chambers.”

He was sentenced in Paris for violating France’s laws banning hate speech, Reuters reports.

File picture of French comedian Dieudonne gesturing as he leaves his trial at the courthouse in Paris, February 4, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/MIGUEL MEDINA)
File picture of French comedian Dieudonne gesturing as he leaves his trial at the courthouse in Paris, February 4, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/MIGUEL MEDINA)

Radio France’s Patrick Cohen asked on air in 2013 whether the media should pay so much attention to Dieudonne. The comedian replied that the journalist should consider emigrating.

“When I hear Patrick Cohen speaking, I say to myself, you see, the gas chambers… too bad,” said Dieudonne.

The fine comes a day after a Paris court gave Dieudonne a suspended two-month jail sentence for social media posts sympathizing with the Islamist gunman who killed four Jews at a Paris-area kosher supermarket on Jan. 9.

Dieudonne has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews. He has been charged almost 40 times under France’s hate-speech laws.

— JTA

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