Muslim rapper cancels Paris Bataclan concert after far-right protests

FILE PHOTO: People mourn in front of the Bataclan concert hall as they pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks in Paris

FILE PHOTO: People mourn in front of the Bataclan concert hall as they pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday, in Paris, France, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

Source: Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – A French Muslim rapper said on Friday he was cancelling two gigs at a Paris concert hall attacked by Islamist militants three years ago, saying he couldn’t go ahead for security reasons after the far-right accused him of stoking divisions.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen welcomed the cancellation of rapper Medine’s concerts at the Bataclan, where 90 people died in an attack coordinated by Islamic State, calling it “a victory for all the victims of Islamist terrorism”.

Medine, a 35-year-old artist who has used phrases such as “crucify the secularists” and “I put fatwas on the heads of idiots” in his songs, told Clique online media last year that he was intentionally provocative to try to shatter stereotypes.

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