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Macron faces backlash for attending Elton John concert while France is engulfed in riots


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French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire for attending an Elton John concert in Paris, as the country was dealing with violent mass protests that included looting and vandalism in various cities after a teenage boy was killed by police in a Paris suburb.

Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron attended John’s farewell party in Paris on the second day of the crisis, according to footage spread on social media.

In the footage, Macron is seen dancing and enjoying the concert, which angered many people.

One of the users said, “The President of the Republic is at Elton John’s concert while France is burning,” while others criticized him for his indifference to the incident, which caused an uproar in the country.

Macron and his wife Brigitte also took a photo with the British singer backstage.

Police arrested 1,311 people overnight Friday and Saturday, the highest number since violent protests began over the killing of policeman Nahil M in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday.

Shops were looted and town squares were attacked in various locations nationwide by gangs, often made up of organized teens on social media armed with pyrotechnics.

Protests over the death of the teen, who was of Algerian descent, have exposed intense racial tensions in modern France and increased oversight of the police, which has long been accused of singling out minorities.

The crisis is a very unwelcome development for President Macron, who was looking forward to a second term after facing protests that erupted in January over raising the pension age.

In a sign of the seriousness of the crisis, Macron postponed a state visit to Germany that was due to start on Sunday.

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