Racist comment lands Bob Dylan in formal investigation in France

London: Bob Dylan has been charged with inciting racial hatred in France.

A complaint had been lodged against the 72-year-old American musician, after an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 discussing racism, by the Council of Croats, and prosecutors will decide if the case should go to trial, the Mirror reported.

The `Farewell` singer commented that "blacks" can sense people who have "a slave master or Ku Klux Klan" in their blood just like "Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood" and added "that stuff lingers to this day".

The charges are embarrassing for the French because Dylan, who could face up to a year in jail and a 37,000 pounds fine if found guilty, recently won their highest civilian award, the `Legion d`Honneur`.

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