VIDEO – Aya Nakamura at the Olympic opening ceremony? For Emmanuel Macron, she has “completely her place”

Questioned this Thursday by Paul Larroouturou for TF1, the Head of State spoke for the first time about the “Aya Nakamura affair”.
He said he was in favor of the singer’s participation in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in the Seine.
The hypothesis sparks heated controversy on social networks but also within the political class.

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Will this be the end of a thriller that has already caused a lot of noise? Questioned this Thursday, April 4, by Paul Larroouturou for TF1info, Emmanuel Macron declared himself in favor of the participation of the singer Aya Nakamura in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 26. “I notice one thing: she is an artist who, to speak in good French, the most reproduced among French-speaking artists“, declared the Head of State on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Saint-Denis Olympic aquatic center, which will host several events.

She speaks with many of our compatriots. And I think she has her place in an opening or closing ceremony of the Games.“Emmanuel Macron insisted.”I won’t reveal the details here. But if she is part of this ceremony with other artists, I think it’s a good thing. Because these Games, these ceremonies, must look like us. She also participates in French culture, French song.“.

The rumor of Aya Nakamura’s participation was born from an article by The Expressat the end of February, in which we learned that the “Djadja” singer had been received at the Elysée by the head of state, who suggested that he return with Edith Piaf during the opening ceremony orchestrated by stage director Thomas Alegre.

A debate that divides the political class

Criticized on social networks, the hypothesis was not confirmed by those involved at the time. But many political leaders, especially from the right and extreme right, took advantage of this: Eric Zemmour made the singer whistle during a European electoral meeting. In recent days, Marine Le Pen, Jordan Bardella and Marion Maréchal have expressed their opposition to his presence on July 26.

For their part, several members of the government gave their support to the Franco-Malian singer. Among them the Minister of Economy Bruno Lemaire, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castera and the Minister of Culture Rachida Dati. Singers such as Patrick Bruel, Benjamin Biolay and Hugues Aufray have also defended him in the media.

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On March 15, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced the opening of an investigation after receiving a report from Licra, denouncing racist publications to the detriment of Aya Nakamura. A few days before, the identitarian collective had published in X a photo of its members on the banks of the Seine, brandishing a banner that read “No way Aya, this is Paris, not the Bamako market.“.

After responding several times to her detractors on the networks, the singer published a new song last weekend, titled “Doggy”, in which she seems to mock the criticism. “I have no enemies, they are the ones who don’t love me.“says who has also received the blessing of Môme Piaf’s heirs.


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