A French court has ruled that comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, seen here on May 13, 2009, can perform Thursday night in Nantes, France. Remy de la Mauviniere/AP hide caption toggle caption Remy de la Mauviniere/AP The Two-Way French Court Rules Controversial Comedian's Show Can Go Ahead January 9, 2014 Authorities want to ban Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's performances because of perceived anti-Semitism. They say his trademark straight-arm gesture, known as a "quenelle," is a reverse Nazi salute. He denies the charge, calling it anti-Zionist and anti-establishment. But Dieudonne has seven prior convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech.