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Dieudonné the hot potato: Hacked Lille communication agency drops comedian’s internet site

DailyNord en anglais Par | 06 janvier 2014

Dieudonné has been in the spotlight these last few days. The Lille communication agency Les Lézards Hachés [Minced Lizards] which is responsible for (ok, past tense: which was responsible for) Dieudonné’s internet site and part of his non-electronic communications (paper), has paid the price. 

Screen-shot of Dieudonné’s Facebook account.

Decidedly, Dieudonné and the Nord– Pas-de-Calais go back a long way. Remember 2009: DailyNord investigated the connection between the controversial comedian and the Zahra Centre of Yahia Gouasmi in Grande-Synthe. An investigation following the cancellation of some shows in the Dunkirk and Lille region. Today, the region, and in particular Lille, still has close ties with Dieudonné: it is indeed the Lézards Hachés communication agency which designed the poster for Dieudonné’s show, Foxtrot, as was the case for his dieudosphere.com site (their name also features on the site of the Théâtre de la Main d’Or, where Dieudonné performs his Paris shows).

Except that: you’ve probably heard that Dieudonné has been the talk of the town these last few days (click here if you’ve been living on another planet). A debate that has caused shock waves on the Net. As for the ‘Dieudosphere’ site, where you can find photos of the famous “quenelle”, it was hacked some 15 days ago (a list of subscribers and clients was even published).  The hacker explains his actions here (French audio) Virtual shit that does not concern Dieudonné directly: but at the same time, the Lille communication agency’s website itself is down. According to their Facebook page, their tee-shirt sales site has also run into difficulties… and just before Christmas too.

“We’ve decided to drop this account”

Contacted by us, the owners of Lézards Hachés feel that they should not be mixed up with Dieudonné. Therefore, the official line is “in view of all these hacking problems, we’ve decided to drop this account. That’s why the site has been taken over by another agency recently.” “When?” They didn’t wish to reply to that one. Will they continue to design posters for Dieudonné? Is their withdrawal due to a possible reaction on the part of their clients? What do they think of the recent political and other statements these last few days? No answers to these questions either except for an email that made it clear that they were dropping Dieudonné “so as not to have to answer such questions all the time”.  The agency’s co-founders prefer to point out that they have been working for a number of years with other clients such as Oxfam or the Sebastopol theatre at Lille. Names that don’t create shock waves of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale.

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