The 38-year-old artist accuses the elected LREM of having described him as an “Islamist rapper” who “said that secularists had to be killed” and accused of launching a call for “murder”, in comments made on the 18th February on LCI.
Rapper Medina announced in an interview with Mediapart published on February 23, 2021 that he had lodged a defamation complaint with the Paris court against LREM deputy Aurore Bergé. He accuses the elected member of the majority of having described him as an “Islamist rapper” who “said that secularists had to be killed” and accused of launching a call for “murder”. “I await a conviction and a public apology. I am going to ask for the total: damages ”, explains the rapper of 38 years, according to which Aurore Bergé“ sticks an ideology to him which is, of course, not the [s]ienne ”.
The deputy president of the LREM group at the National Assembly spoke about the musician on February 18 on LCI, as part of the debate on Islamo-leftism at the university launched by Minister Frédérique Vidal: “You have, for example, this Islamist rapper Medina, you know, the one who said that secularists had to be killed. Is it legitimate for a school as prestigious as the ENS to give voice to those who call for murder? ”. Medina had participated in a seminar of the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) in 2017. The passage is to be found at 11:50 in the video below.
I saw the tree of their secularism before we put it in the ground
This is not the first time that the singer finds himself at the heart of political debates. He had to give up performing at the Bataclan in October 2018, a heated controversy having forced him to cancel two concerts, almost three years after the jihadist attacks of November 13, 2015 which had partly taken place in this performance hall.
Some of his old songs like “Jihad” or “Don’t Laïk” had been considered by some as going in the direction of jihadist theses. In the second track, released in January 2015 a week before the Charlie Hebdo attack, Medina attacked secularism with phrases such as “Let us crucify the laymen as in Golgotha” or “I saw the tree of their secularism before. that we put it in the ground ”. Aurore Bergé referred to these words in her intervention on LCI.
At the time of the service finally canceled at the Bataclan, victims’ lawyers had asked the prefect of Paris to ban the concert, and right-wing politicians had contested its programming. The president of Debout la France Nicolas Dupont-Aignan had tweeted: “French, let us fight so that Medina does not dirty the memory of our dead.” President LR of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez was indignant at a “sacrilege for the victims, dishonor for France”. “No French can accept that this guy goes and dump his filth on the very site of the Bataclan carnage. Complacency or worse, incitement to Islamist fundamentalism, that’s enough! ”Finally commented on Twitter the president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen.