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Strange bedfellows on the other side of the Channel

French comedian Dieudonné, of mixed Cameroonian / Breton heritage, has been standing up for Le Pen: "We should stop saying this man is the devil. It is a theory that doesn't correspond to the facts".

This all dates back to Dieudonné attending a speech of Le Pen's in which Le Pen commented "I have extended my hand to Frenchmen of overseas origin, and especially to those of African origin. In so far as you respect our habits and our laws, in so far as you aspire to lift yourself up in this country by work, we are ready to have you in the national and republican melting pot". It gets still more unexpected, "SOS Racisme (no precise equivalent in these parts - not a state body and not an SWP front like the ANL. C) is much more to blame for the suffering of the youth in the inner cities".

A bit of further digging reveals some perhaps telling anecdotes about the comedian:

The Independent called him a “French Louis Farrakhan…obsessed with Jews”’

'Among other things, he called the observance of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz “memorial pornography", and referred to the French Jewish organization CRIF as "an anti-constitutional organisation" and "a mafia that controls everything in France"'.


Hmm..

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Anonymous Suttonian said... 5:43 pm

I'm afraid free speech is upsetting. That's it's drawback.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:45 pm

Wise words S. The right to offend is a damned sight more important than the right not to be offended.  



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