Eight years following the November 13, terrorist attacks in Paris, Madonna addressed her experience in the French city weeks following the tragedy.
During her Monday (11.13) concert in Paris, the superstar singer (born Madonna Louise Ciccone) reflected on her December 2015 impromptu visit to Place de la Republique with her son David, while in town for her Rebel Heart tour.
“This is a tragic event, and I remember singing with David in Place de la Republique, the last time I was here with the Rebel Heart tour – what little I could do to acknowledge this tragedy,” said Madonna. “But these tragedies keep happening, it never ends. And you can ask yourself sometimes, when will it end, and what can we do as human beings to change it?”
Following her statement, as part of her new tour, encouraging fans to come together for love, peace, and unity, the world’s biggest female pop star asked the Accor Arena audience to switch on their cell phone flashlights as she led them in an acoustic sing-along version of Gloria Gaynor’s classic “I Will Survive.”
After her 2015 opening night, Madonna joined mourners of the Paris attacks, situated near the nightclub, Le Bataclan, where one of the assaults took place. “I think it was good to come back near the place where the events took place. A symbolic, national monument. We wanted to proclaim that we would not give in to fear and, after all this violence and these sufferings, bring peace, energy, joy. I will never forget this night, never…” she told the French outlet Parisien in 2017.
Watch Madonna sing “Imagine” at Place de la Republique in December 2015.