A planned free concert by singer, Prince, under the Eiffel Tower among Bastille Day celebrations, has now been squashed after the Paris mayor rejected the idea.
The Prince concert was scheduled to take place on the July 14th French national holiday, and was supposed to help raise money for charity. However, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe says that locals have a tradition of celebrating with a major fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.
A representative for the mayor says, “There was a request from the producer of Prince in France to organize a concert on July 14. But our priority is the July 14 fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, which is not compatible with this project. We are ready to study another concert date. Discussions are under way.”
Meanwhile, a disappointed Prince had hoped the concert that was supposed to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS will be rescheduled for sometime in September.
Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.