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France detains 6 over Paris Olympics racist attacks on singer Aya Nakamura

WorldFrance detains 6 over Paris Olympics racist attacks on singer Aya Nakamura

French authorities temporarily detained six people in an investigation into racist abuse against superstar Franco-Malian singer Aya Nakamura after reports she might sing at the Olympics opening ceremony, prosecutors said on Friday.

The six were detained on Tuesday after being “identified in the course of an investigation over incitement to hatred online”, a source in the state prosecution service, who asked not to be named, said.

They were released the following day, the source said, adding that investigators had also examined material seized during searches.

Nakamura, 29, was at the centre of a political storm after President Emmanuel Macron suggested the singer of Djadja could perform at the July 26 Olympic event.

Far-right politicians and conservatives rounded on her, accusing her of “vulgarity” and not respecting the French language.

Police opened a probe after the anti-racism group LICRA in March flagged numerous racist online messages targeting Nakamura.

She has also called for a blockade of the far-right ahead of the final round of the country’s general election this weekend.

“I am well placed to understand and know the importance of racism in our country,” Nakamura wrote on social media platform X.

“Now I understand that my position as an artist requires me to speak out, because this is an important moment for all of us,” she said.

“So on Sunday we will all go to the polls and vote against the one extreme to condemn because there is only one.”

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