On May 12, 2020, Crif filed a lawsuit against French polemist Dieudonné following two new videos posted on its YouTube channel. One of these videos notably features Simone Veil and the French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.
Following the broadcast of two videos posted on Dieudonné's YouTube channel, Crif filed a lawsuit for the following reasons:
- incitement to racial hatred and discrimination
- disputing the existence of one or more crimes against humanity
- public and direct provocation to commit genocide
The first video, published on May 9, 2020 refers in particular to Crif, to the President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, and to the French singers Enrico Macias and Patrick Bruel. Talking about the Jews, Dieudonné declared "These people... we must calm them down".
The second video, published on May 11, 2020, features Simone Veil and the French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson. "For me, Simone Veil was just an irrelevant woman who had lived in the kingdom of oblivion for a long time. As far as I was concerned, she was already dead," Dieudonné said in this second video.
These abject videos the awful antisemitism of Dieudonné.
Crif and numerous associations and citizens have massively reported these two videos. One of them (the one originally published on May 9, 2020) has been removed from the YouTube and Facebook platforms.
"These videos are based on a current event [note: Covid-19 crisis and lockdown] and are absolutely not connected to any humorous context" underlined the President of Crif Francis Kalifat.
In a tweet published this morning announcing its legal action, Crif notably called on the French justice system to act against Dieudonne "once and for all".
Dieudonné has already been sentenced by French justice to multiple suspended prison sentences and fines of several thousand euros, for acts of antisemitic insults, provocation of racial or religious hatred and for defamation.