From La Quenelle to Le Sestrel: Inside the Cryptocurrency Scam Pushed by Convicted French Antisemite Dieudonné

 From La Quenelle to Le Sestrel: Inside the Cryptocurrency Scam Pushed by Convicted French Antisemite Dieudonné

French antisemitic agitator Dieudonné is seen in a 2019 video promoting the Sestrel, a scam cryptocurrency. The pineapples represent his “Shoah-nanas” meme that demeans the Nazi Holocaust. Photo: Screenshot

On Saturday afternoon, beneath an overcast sky in the hamlet of Saint-Lubin-de-la-Haye (pop. 908) in northern France, about 1,000 people gathered in a tree-lined field for an event that has become an annual fixture in the social calendar of French Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and other assorted extremists: the “Bal des Quenelles.”

Hosted by France’s most brazen antisemite — the propagandist and entertainer Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala — the ball is named in honor of the “quenelle,” an inverted Nazi-style salute he devised in 2009 as part of the election campaign for his now defunct Anti-Zionist Party. At past quenelle balls, Dieudonné’s honorees included the late Robert Faurisson, once the gray…

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