French comic drops divisive show


French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala sought Saturday to circumvent a ban imposed on his controversial show over its “anti-Semitic” slant, replacing it with a new performance complete with “a few tai chi moves.”

Earlier in the day he had announced his intention to go ahead with four performances in Paris, despite the Friday-to-Wednesday ban on the show titled “The Wall.”

Dieudonne will instead present an alternate performance called “Asu Zoa” on a “different theme,” his lawyer, Jacques Verdier, said, noting that the ban was specifically on “The Wall” and not the new show. The comedian had also cancelled a scheduled show in the central French city of Orleans after losing a legal challenge to get the ban lifted, Verdier said.

Outside the Main d’Or theatre in Paris, the police decree was pasted on the door, while a handwritten poster beside it announced Dieudonne’s “new show.”