November 17th, 2015

Here's What French Acts Are Saying About The Paris Attacks

As I’m sure you know last Friday, the city of Paris was subject to a string of tragic terrorist attacks that ending up becoming the largest attack of its kind in France’s history.  Throughout the city, multiple shooting and grenade attacks unfolded, killing (at last count) 136 people, and injuring (again, currently) 433.  An Eagles of Death Metal concert also unfortunately played host to part of the attacks, with 89 audience members’ reported deaths.

Following the attacks (and several suicide bombings) President François Hollande had to be evacuated from the city, before dubbing the night’s events an “act of war” by the Islamic State (ISIS).  France retaliated immediately, dropping 20 bombs on the city of Raqqa, Syria, where ISIS is based.

Not all of the French have responded with aggression, however.  In fact, many of the country’s musical artists have echoed the internet’s calls for peace.

After tweeting “? #PrayForParis,” French/Canadian producer STWO gave a quick eulogy to the departed, before reminding the world that all things (even love and security) are “worth fighting for.”

Canblaster (of Club Cheval) was scheduled to perform in Paris the night of the attacks, but canceled for understandable reasons.  His message to fans below vaguely translates to “Sorry, but the show is canceled for obvious reasons, take care of yourselves ?”

Gesaffelstein doesn’t have much to say on the internet most of the time, but the French techno artist did hold an emotional moment of silence at the end of his San Francisco set, Friday night, before leading the crowd in a chant of “vive la France.”

Brodinski took to Twitter, saying “Oh non Paris ? faites attention à vous !!” which translates (roughly) from French to “Oh no, Paris   watch out for yourself!!” before letting fans know that his following London show would go on (in English):

Parisian DJ Rone tweeted but a single latin phrase, “Fluctuat nec mergitur,” (Tossed but not sunk) which has been the motto of Paris, France since 1358.

As of the time of this writing, Christine and the QueensDaft PunkJustice, Marie Davison, and Mr. Oizo have yet to make (public) statements about the Paris attacks.  What’s going on, guys?  Qu’est-ce qui se passe?  Musicians are some of the most influential opinion leaders and a lot of people look up to you all!

This post hereby serves as an open call to French artists everywhere – have your voice heard, and your people represented in this time of crisis!  So, famous French people, speak up!  And IHEARTCOMIX fans, check back for more updates as they surface.