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Sunday 25 September 2016

French music festivals axe Eagles of Death Metal appearances

Published 20/05/2016 | 16:36

The band's performance on November 13 turned into a bloodbath at the Bataclan theatre (AP)
The band's performance on November 13 turned into a bloodbath at the Bataclan theatre (AP)

Two French music festivals have cancelled Eagles of Death Metal concerts this summer in reaction to comments by the band's frontman over the Paris attacks.

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The Rock en Seine concert in the capital and the Cabaret Vert festival in Ardennes, northern France, said in a statement they are "in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes's recent allegations".

Hughes told the Taki's Magazine website last week that he saw some "terrorists" in the Bataclan concert hall before the ill-fated November 13 show and saw "Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack".

The band's performance turned into a bloodbath when suicide bombers stormed in as part of near-simultaneous attacks in Paris.

The band returned to France to perform a show in the capital on February 17.

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