29 July 2012
It was a gig designed to pacify French fans who thought she had made an ill-advised statement about their nation's politics.
But Madonna ended up booed off stage in Paris on Thursday night after charging up to 200 a head for a concert lasting just 45 minutes.
The pop queen was also attacked for only singing for around 30 minutes - and spending 15 minutes 'wittering on about politics'.
The singer had put on an intimate show for around 2,000 fans at Paris's Olympia theatre as a last minute addition to her MDNA tour.
It came after France's far-right National Front threatened to sue Madonna after she showed a video at a Bastille Day concert in Paris with an image of the party's leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.
During the gig, the singer had a message for the politician, telling the audience: 'I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me.
'The enemy is not out there, there is no such thing as an external enemy. The enemy is within.
'It's not my intention to make enemies, it's my intention to promote tolerance.'
She also told fans: 'I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years.
'It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary.'
As she left the stage, the curtains closed behind her with a message reading 'I love you'.
But when she did not reappear for an encore, audience members began jeering, booing and pelting the stage with bottles.
Many shouted out demanding a refund.
Ticket prices for sold-out gig were AUD$300, but were exchanging hands on the black market for up to $1,000.
Concert-goer Guillaume Delaval said afterwards: 'The show was ok but it only last 45 minutes, and she spent 15 minutes of that wittering on about politics and tolerance.
'We didn't come to hear that. It was a concert, not the United Nations.'