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Madonna voices love for tolerant France in Paris show

Pop star Madonna treated fans to an intimate show at Paris’ famed Olympia theatre on Thursday, voicing her love for a France that is open to minorities and artists and reinterpreting “Je t’aime moi non plus,” a song laced with sexual innuendo.

Tickets for the surprise show – a last-minute addition to Madonna’s “MDNA” tour – were offered first to members of her fan club and sold out within minutes. Some people began gathering outside the Olympia as early as Wednesday for the show, and anticipation was running high.

In the end, reaction was mixed and some in the audience voiced disappointment at the show’s length, a mere 45 minutes. A few called for refunds as they left the 2,700-seat theatre, Paris’ oldest surviving music hall which has welcomed iconic stars from Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel to the Rolling Stones.

The concert was expected to have a political overtone to it, and Madonna started off on a rebellious note.

“I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years,” the pop star shouted at the start. “It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary.”

Yet there was no repeat of the performance she gave at the 80,000-seat Stade de France on July 14, which angered France’s far right party leader Marine Le Pen by showing a picture of her with a swastika superimposed on her face.

France’s National Front has since announced it will sue her.

On Thursday, Madonna offered only veiled criticism of the party’s anti-immigrant stance, paying homage to a France which she said once “opened its arms to minorities.”

“I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me,” she said, adding that her intention was not to make enemies. “We are entering some very scary times in the world. People are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid? They say ‘get out! You’re the reason. You’re the problem. You’re to blame,'” she told the audience.

Tickets for the show, which included both classics and songs from her latest album “MDNA,” started at 80 euros ($98) and were offered first to members of Madonna’s fan club. They sold out in less than 5 minutes, organizers said, and the Olympia’s website crashed several times due to heavy traffic.

Fans started gathering at noon on Wednesday to attend the show, with many pitching tents on the sidewalk to make sure they got as close as possible to the Material Girl.

Die-hard fan, 25-year-old Ally Gloser from Cologne, Germany, said she had bought tickets for 11 of Madonna’s shows over the summer, at a cost of 2,500 euros.

“Normally, I’m a student. Now I’m a poor student,” she said.

True to form, the 53-year-old offered up an array of sexy outfits and age-defying moves, at one point adding a French touch for Parisian fans with a black leather pencil skirt, red lipstick, and a French beret. She paid tribute to several French artists, including actor Alain Delon and singer Piaf.

“I walk in her footsteps, actually I crawl in her footsteps”, she said of the “La Vie en rose” singer while kneeling on stage.

Under red lights and on an entirely empty stage, Madonna sang the famous French song, “Je t’aime moi non plus” (“I love you, neither do I”) written by Serge Gainsbourg in the late 1960s. She tied a dance partner down on a chair and pretended to shoot him in the mouth.

Audience reaction to the show was mixed.

“The show itself was pretty good, but she didn’t even sing for an hour”, complained 33-year-old Guillaume Delaval. “She spoke for 15 minutes about tolerance, it’s not the U.N. here.”

Pierce Brosnan, the Irish actor who played in four James Bond movies, attended the show with his wife.

“We’re fans. My wife wanted to come, so we bought tickets,” he told Reuters, explaining he was in Paris to shoot a movie with Emma Thompson called “Love Punch.”

Madonna will perform in Nice, France on August 21. After shows in the Middle East and Europe, the singer will give concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.


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  • rabbitbunny

    Bonjour Madge! Je t’aime aussi! Revolution is your Name along with Hope and Love! Hail Madonna, Full of grace!

  • jeron

    I couldn’t get enough of (re)broadcast. Is there a way to watch the show again. I hope this will be released on DVD. It was a magnificent performance full of style and class. Well doe Madonna.

    Now we can put gaga, riana, kylie, shitney, mariah, tom dick and harry screaming, over glittery and robotic shows to rest in the trashcan of the history.

  • abloke

    The show cost 1 million to produce?? please… all stage elements and costumes are from MDNA tour, as the dance routines. Only difference is smaller stage and some slight adjustments whereas to move about on the stage as it’s smaller. And a new remix for beautifull killer and this je taime song. Nothing outstanding-just pulling you pants down and riding this dude tied to a chair like any other cheap strip club act, but because its madonna its all of a sudden art lol!

  • David H.

    repeat after me: these were NOT “madonna fans”.. they were Le Pen supporters…. repeat repeat repeat….

    I will never believe true “madonna fans” would ever call her a SLUT and then whip out of nowhere obviously prepared signage…

    USE YOUR HEADS PEOPLE… do you have brains??

    this was an AMAZING SHOW… from the one and ONLY QUEEN OF POP…

  • Peter

    i can’t believe how ungrateful some people are being. It was never supposed to be the entire concert. EVER. It was supposed to be an intimate show, which it was. The people who were there were lucky to be there. No one forced anyone to wait outside for hours or to pay the amount they paid. Madonna said not once, but at least twice how much she appreciated the devotion.
    The fact that she did a small, separate, somewhat different show while in the middle of a MASSIVE tour is amazing and the fact that people just want to complain is a mystery to me. No one is ever happy or satisfied anymore…..

    • patval

      Intimate doesn’t mean short.
      Obviously you wasn’t there and i swear people were so happy to be at the olympia yesterday. their disappointment was as important as their devotion.

      • blackout-impro-2008

        You’re so pathetic, don’t blame Madonna for your sad life.

  • rabbitbunny

    Je t’aime Madonna!-Lapin Leopold.

  • alex

    they are free to boo her, but the fact that they called her a “slut” says a lot. Mysoginist insults, perhaps coming from gay guys who may have been called “fags” sometimes in their lives. Even if I was pissed off, I could never call Madonna that, and neither to another woman.

    • TheQueen

      I agree!

      Very sad!

    • Nicky Prince of Pop

      well i am gay.. but i love her and i will NEVER call her that maybe as a joke as she jokes of saying “Motherf*ckers” and “F*cker” but however the time / place she is in and i am near to her as an-audience member or as a fan I’ll never say an insult BUT i will be thankful

      & very truely blessed and sharing my love with all fans around me and her and maybe i will be shouting out load Madonna madonna MADONNA I LOVE YOU

      –> until my voice goes away for the next 3 days :P

      ♥ i love her even if she sang for 15 mins as she
      does in LIVE 8 or MTV awards I”LL JUST BE HAPPY ♥

  • turn off the radio

    turn up the radio? really….m can you please come out of your generic bubble and evolve musically

  • Mark

    Goddess Madonna desrves it all. So just shut give it to her.

  • artis

    come on were so lucky to see her inside there and all you do is complain. plus that in other reviews from fans they said that they knew it would be short. maybe its what she said that pissed you off and not the length of the show…madonna is the onlyone in showbiz today who dares to speak about fascism and the rise of the fucking nazists in europe. you should be proud of her, otherwise you are not fans.

    • patval

      Madonna is certainly the only artist in history to give a show of 45 mn with tickets at 90 or 260 euros.
      You are so naive…..She says she loves France, she loves Olympia and her fans and she can not even sing more than 45mn.
      It’s just marketing and i’m stunt by the lack of analysis of her fans.

      • LUCKYMAN


  • jissea

    I was also in the audience yesterday and joined the strong protests at the end. 45 min is really a joke and prove that Madonne does not deserve my time, attention and money.
    Does she even know how long we stayed outside for just a few minutes of concert?
    At the beginning of the show, she said that she does not take her fans’ love for granted… really??? then show us some respect and perfom when people pay to see you.
    I ve tickets for the gig at Nice in August. I will probably go because I wont be able to sell them to anyone.

    • TheQueen

      Why did you waited outside so long?

      You had the ticket and the theatre is small so you could come an our before the show.

      Go to NIce concert and have the best time of your live!

      I ve been in Milano and she was great. This show is for me better that S&S tour.

    • DanielHivren

      what a loser

    • blackout-impro-2008

      yawn, we know it’s you you freaking idiot, stop changing your nickname and get a fucking life, you are seriously pathetic. You’re gonna die and live alone .

    • NATE

      …i think you should feel privelidge..she sang a different concert for you…she sang Beautiful Killer…which I believe is not in the show…get over it…your SO lucky…I dont care how long you waited..any other fan would have been thrilled for what you got….plus your concert seemed very intimate…wow..i dont get you at all..were you expecting her to treat you to lunch…?? LOL

      • patval

        I didn’t expect her treat me lunch. I thought she would have the professionalism to give a show longer than 45 mn. We don’t criticize the show quality but the length that isn’t worth the price, we paid for a concert and not for a show case.
        Do you like to be scam even by your icon ?
        She’s the only artist treat her fan with such disrespect.

      • NATE

        it was NOT billed as the MDNA lets get that straight….it was your mistake..not sorry that you feel swindled…but you really werent,,,I cant say I was there…and you can..and for that I am truly jealous….



  • valery

    She did not deserve Olympia ! A star does not leave Olympia without saying thank you and good bye ! Edit Piaf would never have done that because she respected her public.
    It was a good show like she has done before but it was a huge swindle. But what was the aim of this show ? obviously not sharing love and music with her fans.
    There has been a huge communication problem. They should have informed people that it would be a show case and not a concert.
    I was there yesterday night and so i know what i talking about. There was no intimacy. A very calculated show as always…and people were very pissed off.
    Madonna or a coldhearted business woman.

    • blackout-impro-2008

      I guess that huge “Je t’aime” at the end wasn’t enough? Fucking idiot, i bet you never listened to edith in the first place.

      • patval

        I did not know that being a madonna fan meant being a fool, brainless and liking to be treated like sh.t.
        Guys come on, stop being blind and saying “great” to anything she says.

      • blackout-impro-2008

        i’ve got three words for you “Get a life”

    • NATE

      really ?? thats what your going to say..sounds like your the one with the bitter heart..Madonna is an artist..she doesnt have to explain anything..she like many others do their own fans we enjoy stop being so judgemental and enjoy the the artistry….

    • Yvana Martin

      there was an heart and je t’aime on the curtains when she left the stage at the end of her show I think it is as nice as her traditional thank U good bye, don’t U ?