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Madonna blames 'thugs' for 'riot' at Paris show

French investigators have said that supporters of far right party leader Marine Le Pen caused problems at the intimate show, after controversy over Swastika imagery.

A doctored image of Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed over her face
A doctored image of Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed over her face

MADONNA HAS RESPONDED to criticism of her MDNA show in Paris at the weekend, explaining that disturbances were caused by “a few thugs who were not my fans”.

It was reported that members of the audience began booing and throwing bottles because the show was shorter than expected. However Examiner.com reports that French investigators have confirmed that supporters of National Front leader Marine Le Pen had planned to cause a disturbance at the show.

Madonna has been using images of Le Pen associating her with a swastika, and the far right National Front party has said that it will launch legal action as a result of the singer broadcasting pictures of the French politician with the Nazi symbol superimposed on her forehead.

Madonna has now spoken out on her official website about what happened at the show in the Olympia in Paris:

Unfortunately at the end of the show – after I left the stage – a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.

Tickets for the intimate Paris show were put on sale at the last minute, and were made available first for members of Madonna’s fan club .


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