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Artie Lange

'I Was Arrested

in Paris, France'

7/17/2012 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Artie Lange says he spent a night in a French jail cell sometime in the past couple of weeks ... after a failed attempt to fight police officers outside of a theater in Paris.

Lange explained the arrest on the "Nick and Artie" radio show yesterday ... saying while the show was on break over the past couple of weeks, he flew into a "white out" rage in Paris after becoming upset with his girlfriend.

Artie says the woman had gone to a theater with a friend following the argument ... but Lange was so upset, he followed her to the venue and began screaming, "Get out here, you effing c**t."

Cops responded to the scene, according to Artie, and told him to calm down ... but the confrontation only enraged the 44-year-old who says he then "took a swing" at the cops.

During the altercation, Lange says cops ripped his shirt off ... before putting the comic in handcuffs and transporting him to a nearby jail.

Lange -- who's struggled with substance abuse in the past -- claims he was clean and sober during the incident ... saying he was just really, really angry.

As for Artie's GF -- the comic says he and the woman broke up following the arrest.

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16.

Mutt    

www.artiefannetwork.com

795 days ago
17.

emilie    

A person who just uses the excuse that they just got really mad is a dangerous person. Like a dog who bites, they cannot be fully trusted.

795 days ago
18.

She's baaaack    

I'm not sure who this guy is but if he gets that violent because he gets in an argument with his girlfriend I think it's a shame somebody didn't "subdue" him with a few rounds from an elephant gun. He looks so fat that taking him down would be like trying to wrestle a car.

795 days ago
19.

rosa    

doesn't sound like clean & sober behavior. Also why did he have to immediately say he was clean & sober.

795 days ago
20.

pattycake    

He's fat, ugly, and behaves like a 12 year old. I'd say she dodged a bullet by dumping this guy.

795 days ago
21.

Jen    

Typical baby gorilla, lol, some things will never change. Love you Artie.

795 days ago
22.

OooooNooo!    

Arties book should be renamed from "Too Fat To Fish" to "Too Fat To Live.". He was a much nicer guy when he was drinking. Funnier too.

795 days ago
23.

Hohan    

Tick tock

795 days ago
24.

Sienna Sacha    

He's like an untalented unpopular Chris Farley. . .both gonna end up the same way . .

795 days ago
25.

Brando    

Good. Don't take your freaking American ignorance abroad. I hope this fatsole stays in prison!

795 days ago
26.

EastCoastChopper    

The Cops: Oui oui! ugly American! and also Fat!

795 days ago
27.

moe    

I never understood why Howard Stern ever hired him?? He has NO TALENT! He is an obese, ugly,drug addict, drunk. Why would anyone want to be his grilfriend? She must have issues!

795 days ago
28.

curious george    

It is people like him and those kinds of incidents that color the worlds view of Americans. No wonder we are hated and mocked around the world as low brow.

795 days ago
29.

Gretel    

He was, is and always will be nothing but disgusting trash. Who the F is he to go into another country and act like his white trashy, worthless self? No wonder people are saying "ugly American." In this case, unfortunately, they're right. I hate him.

795 days ago
30.

Mutt    

Please re-open www.artiefannetwork.com

795 days ago
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