“For Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Republicans, this announcement is a ‘sacrilege for the victims, a dishonor for France.'”
“The rapper Medina’s concert at Bataclan is controversial,” translated from “Le concert du rappeur Médine au Bataclan fait polémique,” Le Figaro, June 11, 2018 (thanks to David):
The rapper Medina’s concerts at the Bataclan have triggered controversy
VIDEO – Right-wingers and right-wing politicians find the rapper’s lyrics provocative. His album is called Jihad. The politicians promised to do everything possible to prevent the concert from taking place in the Bataclan in October.
Since the announcement of a concert by Medina in the Bataclan, Paris, the controversy has grown. Elected officials from LaREM, LR and Rassemblement national (ex-FN) protested Sunday against the show, which is scheduled for October…The rapper sparked a controversy in 2015 with the song Don’t Laïk, published a week before the attack against Charlie Hebdo. On the Twitter social network on Sunday, the #Bataclan and #Medina hashtags have been widely used. A petition launched on exchange.org by Grégory Roose, former departmental delegate of the FN in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, was signed Sunday by 8,600 people.
The cause of this revolt: the rapper’s words. In 2015, in his song Don’t Laïk, he declared: “Let’s crucify secularists as in Golgotha / Polygamy is better than the friend Strauss-Kahn” and “I put fatwas on the heads of the idiots.” Medina is also the author of an album entitled “Jihad, the biggest struggle is against oneself…”(2005).
“Sacrilege for the victims”
Many elected officials find it abhorrent to let the rapper play in the room where 90 people lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015. In a tweet, Marine Le Pen exclaimed: “No French people can accept that this guy goes to dump his crap on the very place of the carnage of Bataclan. Complacency or, worse, incitement to Islamist fundamentalism, that’s enough!”
For Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Republicans, this announcement is a “sacrilege for the victims, a dishonor for France.” The LR deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Éric Ciotti said for his part that “the rapper’s being scheduled at Bataclan is an unbearable insult to the memory of the victims of November 13, 2015.” He asked Emmanuel Macron to ban the concert because “there are symbols that can not be desecrated.”…