A scandal has erupted in France after it was announced that a controversial Muslim rapper is to play two gigs at the Bataclan, less than three years after terrorists murdered 90 people in the venue.
Médine, who has released an album called Jihad and released his song “Do not laïk”, which talks about “crucifying laïcards (non-believers)” and “applying Sharia” a week before the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Former French Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, tweeted to say that “No French person can accept that this bloke goes and pours out his filth at the scene of the carnage #Bataclan.”
She described it as “Complacency or worse, (an) incitement to Islamist fundamentalism.”
Aucun Français ne peut accepter que ce type aille déverser ses saloperies sur le lieu même du carnage du #Bataclan.
La complaisance ou pire, l’incitation au fondamentalisme islamiste, ça suffit ! MLP #PasDeMédineAuBataclan pic.twitter.com/Xqu4JLwz6t
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) June 10, 2018
Republican leader Laurent Wauquiez tweeted: At
# Bataclan , Islamist barbarism claimed the lives of 90 of our compatriots. Less than three years later, there will be an individual who has sung “crucify laïcards” and presents himself as an “islamo-caillera”. Sacrilege for the victims, dishonour to France.
Au #Bataclan, la barbarie islamiste a coûté la vie à 90 de nos compatriotes. Moins de trois ans plus tard, s’y produira un individu ayant chanté « crucifions les laïcards » et se présentant comme une « islamo-caillera ». Sacrilège pour les victimes, déshonneur pour la France.
— Laurent Wauquiez (@laurentwauquiez) June 10, 2018
Two lawyers, acting on behalf of relatives of those whose loved ones were killed or injured in the attack, have said they are launching legal action to try and have the shows cancelled.
Republican senator Bruno Retailleau has urged the government to use the “same weapons against this rapper as those used against Dieudonné,” a comedian who was convicted and fined for antisemitic comments condoning terror, who subsequently had his shows banned by the state.
This latest blow to victims and their families comes as survivors file a legal complaint over the inaction of some soldiers on the night which saw 130 people killed and a further 413 injured.
During a Parliamentary investigation into the November 2015 attacks, General Bruno Le Ray, the Military Governor of Paris, revealed and defenced an order he’d given on the night which prevented eight soldiers who were near the Bataclan from entering the venue.
The group’s lawyer, Samia Maktouf, said the soldiers were not allowed to use their weapons or even provide first aid to the wounded.
She claims General Le Ray thought “it unthinkable to put soldiers at risk just hoping, hypothetically, to save other lives”.
“The military did not make any mistake, they were acting under instruction,” Maktouf told France 14, adding that those who gave the order are partly liable for the number of people who lost their lives inside the concert hall.