by DIANA JOHNSTONE-Paris.
The campaign by the French government, mass media and influential organizations to silence the Franco-Cameroonese humorist Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala continues to expose a radical split in perception within the French population. The official “mobilization” against the standup comedian, first called for by Interior Minister Manuel Valls at a ruling Socialist Party gathering last summer, portrays the entertainer as a dangerous anti-Semitic rabble rouser, whose “quenelle”* gesture is interpreted as a “Nazi salute in reverse”.
For his fans and supporters, those accusations are false and absurd.
The most significant result of the Dieudonné uproar so far is probably the dawning realization, among more and more people, that the “Shoah”, or Holocaust, functions as the semi-official State Religion of France.
On RTL television last January 10, the well-known
nonconformist commentator Eric Zemmour (who happens to be Jewish)
observed that it was “grotesque and ridiculous” to associate Dieudonné
with the Third Reich. Zemmour described Dieudonné as a product of the
French left’s multiculturalism. “It’s the left that has taught us since
May ’68 that it is prohibited to prohibit, that we must shock the
bourgeois. It is the left that has turned the Shoah into the supreme
religion of the Republic…”