Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 12:25 PM ET

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National Audio 12:25 PM ET

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NAT096 - (EU-France-Singer-Controversy) (FOR PRODUCTION) UNDATED. x-55s. A French Muslim woman has quit a T-V singing competition amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016. Mennel Ibtissem became an internet sensation after her moving performance Saturday of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on the French T-V program "The Voice." Ibtissem notably sang one passage in Arabic. In the ensuing days she drew criticism for Facebook messages posted after deadly attacks in Nice and Normandy in 2016. In one, she wrote "the real terrorist is our government." She apologized, saying she was shaken by the attacks and by French authorities' failure to prevent them. Supporters say Ibtissem is being unfairly targeted because she is Muslim. Here is the sound of Mennel Ibtissem performing "Hallelujah" in Arabic on the "The Voice." (fades) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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