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Madonna lashes out at Paris concert ‘thugs’

Madonna has blamed a handful of "thugs" for an rowdy outbreak that marred the end of a concert in Paris last week when the star bowed out after barely 45 minutes on stage.

Madonna lashes out at Paris concert 'thugs'
David Shankbone

Videos on YouTube showed concert-goers shouting "refund", while the US diva came under fire on Twitter from angry fans, some of whom paid more than 250

euros (300 dollars) and queued through the night for Thursday's event.

In a statement posted on her website Thursday, Madonna insisted that "playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me".

"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," she said.

"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."

Madonna's performance at the Olympia was initially greeted with enthusiastic cheers but the mood turned sour as it became clear that the
53-year-old diva was not coming back for an encore after about 45 minutes.

A spokeswoman for the star said she had made an effort to keep ticket prices affordable for the Olympia show, which cost close to a million dollars
to produce.

The US celebrity website TMZ reported that the Thursday night fracas involved just a few dozen people, including supporters of France's far-right
National Front party.

The National Front has taken legal action against Madonna for screening a video showing its leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead during
a concert in Paris earlier this month.

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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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