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The News Minute | January 16, 2015 | 4:00 pm IST

French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for a Facebook post from a few days ago just days after all the world leaders assembled in the nations capital in support of free speech - in wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

According to a report in Slate, the Facebook post which was written in French, translated to â€śTonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” mashing up the “Je suis Charlie” slogan with a reference to the gunman who took hostages at a kosher grocery store in Paris last Friday. 

This arrest might be viewed as part of the beefed-up security measures France has taken after last week’s violence. This is reportedly not the first time that the comedian has fallen afoul of the law.

The report then goes on talk about a number of high-profile figures that have been charged under the French law, including two poweful French politicians, fashion designer John Galliano, actress Brigitte Bardotand even singer Bob Dylan to try and highlight that an incident like this should not be a by product of a free speech rally.

Read the full report here.

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