Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a notorious French comedian, was arrested following a Facebook post that suggested he may have sympathies for Paris gunman Amédy Coulibaly.

French Comedian Arrested

Dieudonné was arrested Wednesday for being an “apologist for terrorism,” a judicial source told The Guardian.

The Facebook message that served as the evidence in the arrest read, “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly.” The post was a play on the popular phrase showing solidarity with Charlie Hebdo’s freedom of expression – Je Suis Charlie – and the name of gunman Amédy Coulibaly. 

Coulibaly held more than a dozen people hostage at a Kosher market Friday, killing four. He is also thought to be responsible for the shooting death of an unarmed Paris police officer the previous day.

Dieudonné’s lawyer, Jacques Verdier, said that arresting his client for the social media post was “completely out of proportion” to BFM-TV. If found guilty of being an apologist for terrorism, Dieudonne could face up to seven years in prison.

In the past, Dieudonné has come under fire for mocking the Islamic State’s execution of reporter James Foley and has been accused of antisemitism.

 

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