Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala

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FILE - In this May 13, 2009 file photo, controversial French comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, known as Dieudonne, answers reporters as he heads for the interior Ministry to submit a list of candidates for the upcoming European elections, in Paris. The Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday Jan. 2, 2013, it is investigating threats against a comedian the French interior minister wants banned from the stage for what he says are racist and anti-Semitic performances. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

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France's interior minister said Monday that local officials have the right to ban shows on a national tour of a comic whose performances are considered anti-Semitic.

Hours later, Bordeaux's mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, accepted the offer, making the wine capital the first French city to cancel a show by Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala ahead of the comic's tour. (AP)

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