When most people think of the Bataclan these days, it's not the venerated theater where rock bands have been playing since the 1970s which comes to mind. Rather, it's Islamist terrorism, after 89 people were killed there during a concert in November 2015.
So when news spread this fall that a rapper named Médine, who once named an album "Jihad" and is openly critical of secularism in France, will play the Paris venue in the fall, the far right was outraged. "Is it normal that a militant, fundamentalist Islamist goes to the Bataclan to express his hatred and defend ideas that I believe are inciting crimes?" asked France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Muslims, in kind, pointed to her comments as yet another example of intentional misunderstanding about Islam, overshadowing what Médine is trying to say about the Muslim experience in France. Instead, they say Ms. Le Pen's remarks breed the kind of victimhood often at the heart of the Muslim extremist narrative.