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Dieudonné (1966)

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala

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Dieudonné M'bala M'bala , generally known simply as Dieudonné, is a French comedian, actor and political activist.

Initially a leftist, he has now become a fervent anti-imperialist. He has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of the foreign policies of the United States and claims to be leading a 'justified fight' against Zionism, and Israel which he deems racist and oppressive. Dieudonné has been condemned in court several times for antisemitic remarks (see below "Court convictions"). Since 1997, Dieudonné has regularly stood in parliamentary and European Union elections as a candidate at the head of fringe or splinter parties, and has tried and failed to run for two French presidential elections .

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 personal life
Dieudonné was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, the son of a sociologist from Brittany who exhibits as a painter under the name Josiane Grué, and of an accountant from Ekoudendi, Cameroon, who lives there now. Dieudonné lives with Noémie Montagne who works as his producer and has five children with her, Bonnie, Merlin, Plume, Noé and Judas.

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In the 1990s, Dieudonné appeared on stage and on television together with the Jewish comedian and actor Élie Semoun. From the mid-1990s he appeared mostly in supporting roles in several French film comedies. His most successful screen appearance to date was in Alain Chabat's box-office hit Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra in 2002. His last screen appearance to date was in Maurice Barthélémy's box-office bomb Casablanca Driver in 2004. In 1997, the scenic duo "Élie et Dieudonné" split and each went on a solo theater career. In 1998, they reunited in a screen comedy, Le Clone, which was a failure critically and financially.

Dieudonné's successful one-man shows include Pardon Judas , Le divorce de Patrick , and 1905 . Other one-man shows were Mes Excuses , Dépôt de bilan and J'ai fait l'con , all understood as attacks on political and social opponents and defences of his own positions. Anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic statements made within and around these productions led to intense controversy and numerous lawsuits. Following the 2005 civil unrest in France, Dieudonné also penned a play called Émeutes en banlieue . In 2009, and surrounded by scandals (see below, "Political activities"), Dieudonné launched two one-man shows: Liberté d’expression and Sandrine. While the latter was a follow-up to Le divorce de Patrick (Sandrine is Patrick's ex-wife), the former was conceived as a series of itinerant "conferences" on "freedom of expression". Started on 18 June 2010 in his theater, Dieudonné's most recent show to date, Mahmoud is set to an openly antisemitic tone, caricaturing Jews, slavery and "official" versions of history.

Dieudonné's production company first acted under the name "Bonnie Productions" and now under the name "Les productions de la Plume."

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