Comedian Guillaume Meurice suspended by Radio France for repeating a provocative joke – rts.ch

Comedian Guillaume Meurice suspended by Radio France for repeating a provocative joke – rts.ch
Comedian Guillaume Meurice suspended by Radio France for repeating a provocative joke – rts.ch

France Inter comedian Guillaume Meurice was suspended by his management pending a possible sanction, after repeating on Sunday a controversial joke launched at the end of October about Benjamin Netanyahu, he announced Thursday.

“For reasons beyond my control, I will not participate in the next two shows,” commented the columnist on his contract” for “serious misconduct”, he said.

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“He was summoned today by the human resources department to a preliminary interview which will take place in the coming weeks,” confirmed the public group, without “predicting” the outcome of the interview or revealing the cause. In the meantime, the comedian is suspended from the air but keeps his salary.

Repetition with the appearance of provocations

This summons is linked to the introduction to his Sunday column, according to an internal Source at the radio. “There are things we can say. For example, if I say: ‘Netanyahu is a kind of Nazi but without a foreskin,’ that’s fine. The prosecutor said it, that’s fine.” , he said to the cheers of the audience.

He was thus referring to the recent dismissal of a complaint against him accusing him of anti-Semitism for similar comments made on October 29. In his column, he suggested a “disguise” for Benjamin Netanyahu for Halloween, a “kind of Nazi but without a foreskin”, comments which provoked a strong reaction from the right.

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The comedian had already received a warning in November from the management of Radio France, which he contested before the industrial tribunal. Following numerous referrals, Arcom, the audiovisual regulator, sent a warning to Radio France, a rare decision for a humorous sequence.

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