Controversial French comedian Dieudonne has been arrested after writing a Facebook.com post which appeared to express sympathy with the terrorists behind the attacks in Paris.

Police launched an investigation into the funnyman, full name Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, on Sunday (11Jan15) after he wrote a message in which he appeared to sympathise with Amely Coulibaly, who was allegedly involved in the spate of shootings that occurred in France in the days after the attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine last week (ends11Jan15).

Dieudonne was taken into custody on Wednesday (14Jan15) accused of publicly supporting terrorism, and his lawyer, Jacques Verdier, has insisted the star is innocent of the charge.

Prior to his arrest, Dieudonne, issued a statement which reads, "Since the beginning of last year, I have been treated as public enemy number one, when all I try to do is make people laugh, and laugh about death, because death laughs at us all, as Charlie (Hebdo staff) knows now, unfortunately."

Dieudonne gained notoriety in recent years for his controversial remarks and has been fined by authorities on a number of occasions.