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Musical solidarity with Nice

Musicians from all over the world have shared their messages of solidarity and grief after the terrible attack in Nice. DW offers a Spotify playlist of music that boldly celebrates the French way of life.

Many people have taken to social media to express their solidarity with the people of Nice after the attack.While many are sharing memes and quotes to express their feelings after the attack, some have resorted to sharing songs that help them deal with it.

Music to help heal

One of the most popular songs that has been shared after almost every recent attack - on the Charlie Hebdo editorial offices in January 2015, in Paris in November 2015, in Brussels in March 2016, as well as several in Turkey over the past year- is "Imagine" by John Lennon. After the attack in Nice, many are sharing the video of the song, a piano version of it, or just simply use a quote to send their message across:

Another song that is being shared by social media users is "Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam. The lyrics, such as "Yes I understand, that every life must end," seem to help people grasp the terrible attack and help others deal with their grief:

Many users have also expressed their frustration and anger about the attacks. Many are now using the hashtags #PrayfortheWorld as well as #PrayforNice to show that for them the attacks prove that humanity needs to be saved. Along with posting pictures of rainbow flags, or memes of doves and the earth surrounded by hands to show that they want to promote peace and a better and safer life, some are using lyrics of songs to promote this sentiment. One song by the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake seems to be a favorite here:

Canceled concerts and events

As usual around this time of the year, a lot of concerts and festivals are planned in major European cities. Many have been canceled in the wake of the attack in Nice. Rihanna was scheduled to perform Friday in the southern French city, but the concert was cancelled as she herself announced on Instagram. The Nice Jazz Festival, set to begin Saturday, has also been called off but the organizers are saying that the tickets will be reimbursed.

The French Embassy in Berlin has canceled its annual celebration of the national holiday at the Brandenburg Gate with a festival of Franco-German friendship. the festival usually lasts two days. the celebrations for Friday have been completely called off, whereas it has been announced that the festival will take place as planned on Saturday, 16th June 2016.

Spotify playlist

We have put together a playlist on spotify as an ode to French culture. See if your favorite French song has made the list:

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