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Madonna to broadcast Paris show on YouTube

US singer-superstar Madonna has announced that her Thursday night show at the Olympia arena in Paris will be broadcast live on YouTube.

Madonna to broadcast Paris show on YouTube
Photo: Screenshot Madonna.com

"Following overwhelming demand for tickets to Madonna's intimate club show scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26th… the Material Girl has invited her fans around the world to see her performance via a live global stream," according to a statement on the star's website on Thursday.

The 2,600 tickets for the show at the legendary music hall which has previously hosted the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, sold out within a couple of hours of going on sale.

The footage will be broadcast in its entirety as part of the LoveLive chain and promises to include a slew of Madonna hits and songs from her latest album "Turn Up The Radio".

YouTube director Patrick Walker expressed his excitement at the announcement.

"It's incredibly exciting that Madonna's performance from this iconic, intimate venue will be available to her fans around the world via YouTube," he said.

The show begins at 10.15pm and can be found via the following link.

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U-Turn: Le Pen says yes to drink with Madonna

France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen has changed her mind and accepted an offer from US pop icon Madonna to "sit down and have a drink". The pair famously fell out when one of Madonna's videos featured an image of Le Pen complete with a swastika on her forehead

U-Turn: Le Pen says yes to drink with Madonna
Marine Le Pen and Madonna may be meeting for a 'demi' soon. Photo: AFP
Madonna has always said you should "Express Yourself" and that's exactly what the 56-year-old singer has been doing while in France this week. 
 
She first hit the French newspapers last week after comparing France and Europe to Nazi Germany – leaving some to question her authority on the matter considering she was born in the US in 1958. 
 
On Monday, she made headlines in France again after inviting the leader of the National Front for a meeting over a 'demi' bière or two.
 
"I think I would like to sit down and have a drink with Marine Le Pen," Madonna said on the Grand Journal TV programme. "I want to understand where she's coming from."
 
It certainly sounded like a prayer for the Material Girl – and that prayer was answered on Tuesday afternoon.
 
After initially telling RTL radio that she wouldn't be meeting the diva, Le Pen did an about turn later in the day.
 
"I accept Madonna's invitation with pleasure," she told the AFP news agency.
 
"I appreciate people who make overtures in good faith."
 
The relationship between the two women has a rocky foundation. 
 
In 2012, the American kicked off her world tour with a show featuring a video montage of Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. The footage was followed by another photomontage of Hitler and Le Pen. 
 
The French political party threatened legal action over what they called an "odious comparison", and Madonna cut the montage from her show.
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