American pop singer Rihanna has canceled a performance in Nice, France originally slated for July 15 in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack that killed more than 80 people during a Bastille Day celebration. The musician was already in the city on the day that the tragedy occurred, but her representatives have officially confirmed her safety.
Rihanna was scheduled to appear on Friday night at Nice’s Allianz Stadium, one of the stops on her “ANTI” world tour, but a brutal attack, in which a driver plowed down the Promenade des Anglais by the beachfront of the seaside town and opened fire on hundreds of people celebrating Bastille Day, has forced the city to cancel Rihanna’s concert, as well as several other events in town. On top of the casualties, including the driver, who was killed by police, there were dozens injured, including nearly a dozen children.
Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, has tweeted to confirm the cancellation. President Francois Hollande has requested a three-month extension of state-of-emergency protocols that were put in place after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November of last year, following the Nice tragedy.
“Due to the tragic events in #Nice, my concert scheduled for tomorrow July 15 at Allianz Stadium will not be going ahead as planned,” Rihanna wrote in a caption on Instagram. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
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