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French comic abandons disputed show

8:43 PM, Jan 11, 2014   |    comments
In this May 13, 2009 file photo, controversial French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, known as Dieudonne, answers reporters as he heads for the interior Ministry to submit a list of candidates for the upcoming European elections, in Paris. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)
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PARIS (AP) - A French comic who has been repeatedly convicted of inciting racial hatred or anti-Semitism has agreed to abandon a controversial show banned in multiple cities.

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala's act angered the French government and drew widespread attention in recent weeks.

A Paris performance Saturday was banned by authorities. Several police vans lined the street outside the Paris theater, and disappointed fans gathered outside.

Afterward, the comedian told a news conference he will no longer perform his "Le Mur" act but plans a new show. He insisted he's not anti-Semitic and said, "I upset a lot of people and I will continue to do so, through laughter."

He has derided the Holocaust and popularized the "quenelle" hand gesture, which some describe as an inverted Nazi salute.

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