Freedom of expression cannot be used as a pretext to justify hateful and disrespectful speech against a whole section of the population." On August 15, in a statement, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (Crif) of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes asked the mayor of Lyon, Grégory Doucet to ban Dieudonné's show. The performance is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 19. "Dieudonné has set himself up as a preacher of multi-recidivist hatred, which constitutes a threat to social cohesion and tolerance," Crif also said in the same statement.
According to the local newspaper, Lyon Capitale, the town hall of Lyon is in contact with the services of the prefecture on this subject. However, no municipal or prefectural prohibition order has been issued. Above all, the place of the performance being kept secret, it is a real headache for elected officials. On the artist's website, considered anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist, the places are never specified. It simply says: "The exact location will be communicated to you by SMS no later than a few hours before the performance."
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In Toulouse, Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc took the decision to ban Dieudonné's show that was scheduled to take place on August 17. But "if he decides to make the show in a neighboring town, my prohibition order will not work," he lamented to Le Figaro on August 16. He would like to see the legislation evolve. "It's not easy to fight an opponent who advances masked, with a strategy of concealment," he lamented.
Convicted several times for racial insult, incitement to hatred and glorification of terrorism, then for tax fraud and misuse of corporate assets in 2021 by the Court of Appeal, which pronounces an amended prison sentence. The actor is under house arrest and must wear an electronic bracelet. But according to him, he "has an exceptional exit to exercise his profession, which is the realization of shows".
Dieudonné's show has been banned in several municipalities including Toulouse and Montpellier. In Paris, the prefect of police Laurent Nunez, considered that the text of the show "attacks on human dignity". In the name of public order and in agreement with the Ministry of the Interior, the prefect signed a prefectural order, prohibiting the performance, which was to take place on September 14 at the Zenith.