Comedian Dieudonné in money laundering probe

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French detectives suspect controversial comic laundered hundreds of thousands of euros via Africa as showdown looms over his 'banned' show.

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French authorities are investigating embattled comedian Dieudonné over alleged money laundering of hundreds of thousands of euros, reports the International Business Times.

Detectives in Orleans believe that Dieudonné, whose show has been banned in several French cities for its anti-Semitic content, has sent more than €400,000 (£330,000) to Cameroon since 2009, Le Monde newspaper reported.

The comic, the son of a Cameroonian father and Breton mother, allegedly sent €230,000 to the African country in 2013.

Interior minister Manuel Valls accused the controversial comic of attempting to fake bankruptcy to avoid paying tens of thousands of euros in fines for racist abuse.

"All the services of the state must be mobilised so that Dieudonné, who is trying to organise his bankruptcy to avoid paying fines, is obliged to pay them," Valls told Europe 1 radio.

Dieudonné has yet to pay €65,000 in fines over a spate of anti-Semitic remarks he made in 2006 when he compared Jews to slave traders.

Read more of this report from the International Business Times.

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