saPARIS • Muslim rapper Medine ys he’s “a bomb disposal expert” who has been mistaken in France for somebody who vegetation explosives.
A choice to permit the French singer, who is of Algerian descent, to carry out in October on the Bataclan concert corridor in Paris – the place jihadists killed 90 individuals three years in the past – has sparked an outcry.
Opposition chief Laurent Wauquiez mentioned he was shocked that “someone who sings about ‘crucifying secularists’ would appear at the venue”.
Far-right chief Marine Le Pen mentioned “no French person can accept that this guy spew out his rubbish at the Bataclan”.
But Medine’s followers dismissed the politicians as “buffoons” who had misinterpret his lyrics.
His followers identified that his tune Jihad, for instance, was a cry in opposition to violence and struggle between religions and cultures.
Medine, 35, additionally co-authored a 2012 guide Don’t Panik with a number one French tutorial, which his supporters mentioned was an try to take the warmth out of the French tradition struggle over Islam.
The rapper himself mentioned: “For 15 years, I have fought all forms of radicalisation in my albums which has led to me being attacked by the extreme right and their supporters, who twist the meaning of my songs.”
Bataclan victims’ group Life For Paris defended the venue’s resolution, saying it was in opposition to censorship and that the administration must be free to guide whomever they needed.
“We will not let anyone use the memory of the victims for political ends, as is the case here,” it mentioned in a press release.