The French comedian behind the controversial neo-Nazi “quenelle” gesture has been banned from entering Great Britain.
Dieudonne M’bala M’bala announced his intent to enter London to support Nicolas Anelka, a pro soccer player who was recently censured for making the quenelle salute at a game. The quenelle, invented by cited anti-Semite Dieudonne, is considered by many to be the modern day equivalent of the Nazi salute.
Now, local officials are saying that should Dieudonne indeed try to enter the country, he will be detained and sent back.
“We can confirm that Mr. Dieudonne is subject to an exclusion order,” a Home Office spokeswoman told British reporters. “The home secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so.”
Last month, Dieudonne was similarly banned from several planned performances in France, after he implied a Jewish journalist should have been killed in the Nazi gas chambers.
Dieudonne claims his quenelle salute is anti-establishment, not anti-Semitic. His lawyer, Jacques Verdier, told media of the UK ban: “It’s appalling but nothing surprises us at the moment.”