Dieudonne was arrested Wednesday after he posted on his Facebook page, “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” after he returned from last Sunday’s unity march against extremism in Paris. The phrase mixes the popular slogan “Je suis Charlie” used by people who have condemned the attacks against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the name of free speech, and the name of one of the gunman Amedy Coulibaly who killed four hostages. Dieudonne has since removed the post.
France responded to the attacks by swiftly drafting and preparing tougher anti-terrorism measures, while authorities immediately began using current laws to their fullest extent.
Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday that some of the others detained for defending terrorism have already been convicted – including a four-year prison sentence given to a man in northern France who defended the attacks in a drunken rant while resisting arrest.