Madonna blames ‘a few thugs’ for fracas at her Paris gig

Singer says she's refusing to let that ruin her memories of the show though

Madonna has blamed “a few thugs” for the controversial end to her Paris show last week (July 26).

The Queen Of Pop’s ’intimate’ concert at the city’s 2,700-seat Olympia Theatre was marred by controversy after the audience reacted angrily when the ‘MDNA’ star left the stage after performing just eight songs.

Fans apparently felt short-changed after paying between 80 and 280 Euros (£62 and £219) for tickets for the show, with video footage uploaded to YouTube showing gig-goers chanting “Remboursez!” – the French for “We want our money back!” and hurling plastic bottles onstage – shortly after Madonna finished her 45-minute set.

Later in the clip, a group of fans also began to chant “Salope!”, a derogatory term that translates as “slut” or “whore” – scroll down to watch the video.

Madonna has posted a statement about the incident and has said that the gig was “very special” and only marred by “a few thugs”.

She wrote on her official website “Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them.”

She continued: “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. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening.

She continued further: “But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again.”

The incident was not the first time Madonna has courted controversy on her recent jaunt around France. After the singer showed video footage of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead, the far-right political party threatened to sue the singer for “public insult”. She will return to the country for a gig at Nice’s Stade Charles-Ehrmann on August 21.