Bob Dylan is being charged in France for allegedly inciting hatred, after comparing Croats to Nazis.

The 72-year-old musical legend was charged last month during a visit to Paris, after comments he made to Rolling Stone last year found the ears of the Council of Croats in France (CRICCF), which filed a complaint, according to French news agency AFP.

"If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," Dylan said, in response to a question about race relations in the United States.

Dylan was told of the charges while he was in Paris for three concerts -- a visit during which the French government also awarded him its prestigious Legion d'Honneur.

These guys need to make up their minds.

According to AFP, the CRICCF said Tuesday it wants a public apology.

"We hope he will apologize and we are ready to accept an apology," Ivan Jurasinovic, the CRICCF's lawyer, said. "A conviction will not repair the damage as much as an apology will."

In response, Dylan said "Phafa garble non fachoofachoo."

Well ... not really.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of up to 45,000 euros, although penalties rarely go that high.

Dylan has not commented on the charges. AFP reported that a representative of his record label said they were unaware of the proceedings.

In his Rolling Stone interview, Dylan also said of the United States, "This country is just too (messed) up about color ... People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color.

"Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery -- that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that." He then made the comment that included the reference to Serbs and "Croatian blood".

Ethnic Croats and Serbs fought a war from 1991 to 1995, following the breakup of Yugoslavia. Some 20,000 people died.

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