Monday, September 04, 2006

Francs for FRappers

Who'da guessed it would be a Socialist Mayor:

NANTES, France, Sept 3, 2006 (AFP) - Two French rappers from the western city of Nantes are facing possible legal action after they used a local council grant to make a video accused of glorifying violence against the police.

Downloadable over the Internet, 'Colt 44' by rappers Tipikal and K-Pster contains images of guns and drugs as well as scenes filmed during a clash earlier this year between police and youths in a poor suburb of the city.

The lyrics include the words, "Fill the police HQ with mustard gas, do it Russian-style", as well as other threats.
The Socialist Party (PS) mayor of Nantes Jean-Marc Ayrault admitted Friday that the rappers had received a subsidy of EUR 700 euros to make a video "on the malaise in the suburbs" following last year's riots, but he said the city hall later withdrew its support from the project.

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