Comedian arrested for comment on Charlie Hebdo attacks

 Notorious French comedian Dieudonne was arrested on Wednesday for being an "apologist for terrorism" after writing a Facebook comment suggesting he sympathised with one of the Paris attacks gunmen, a judicial source said.

AFP| Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 14:49 PM IST

Paris: Notorious French comedian Dieudonne was arrested on Wednesday for being an "apologist for terrorism" after writing a Facebook comment suggesting he sympathised with one of the Paris attacks gunmen, a judicial source said.

Prosecutors had opened the case against him on Monday after he posted "Tonight, as far as I`m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" -- mixing the popular slogan "Je Suis Charlie" used in homage to the journalists killed at magazine Charlie Hebdo, with a reference to gunman Amedy Coulibaly.

Coulibaly killed four Jews at a Jewish supermarket on Friday and a policewoman the day before. 

The comedian made international headlines in 2013 when French footballer Nicolas Anelka was banned for five matches by English football authorities for using a hand-gesture created by Dieudonne that many people consider anti-Semitic.

Dieudonne made his controversial Facebook post after attending Sunday`s unity march against extremism that brought more than 1.5 million people onto the streets of Paris in the wake of the attacks.

He described the march -- considered the biggest rally in modern French history -- as "a magical moment comparable to the big-bang".

The government has in the past banned Dieudonne`s shows because it considers them "anti-Semitic".

In response to the interior minister`s comment, the comedian said the government was trying to "ruin my life" when "I am only trying to make people laugh".

He has removed the offending remark from his Facebook page.