The Conseil d'Etat, I'm afraid, has just played into the hands of Dieudonné by quashing the order to the administrative tribunal in Nantes to allow his show there to go on. This only lends credence to the claim of the comedian and his supporters that their voices are being suppressed. The pretext that the public order might be disturbed if Dieudonné is allowed to perform is foolish and pusillanimous, and the appearance that the separation of powers has been violated by government pressure on the Conseil d'Etat makes France look like a country in which governmental expediency will always trump the law when it comes to political speech. I think it's an unfortunate decision.
What this series of lamentable episodes--from Anelka to Dieudonné to the Conseil d'État--has revealed is that France is on the verge of another explosion of rage by people who feel they have no political voice. It's a pity that there is no civil rights movement worthy of the name and that no leader of stature has emerged to channel this anger into more productive channels. I shudder to think of what lies ahead.