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‘I don't want to play the terrorists' game'
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 20 - 07 - 2016

I would like to have the Egyptian passport because I love Egypt so much, I love the spirit of Egypt. I love Sharm, of course, and the people. Sharm El-Sheikh is an amazing place, so beautiful. For me I like being here tonight for the concert, for the sea, because actually I am very sad about the Sharm situation. Because I am French, and of course I read the newspaper, I watch TV. They say, “Oh, there is a big terrorist attack on the Russian plane.” And I know Putin said there was concern, etc. But that is not my opinion.
I take a lot of planes. And I think there are a lot of terrorist attacks, not only in Egypt and not only in Turkey – two weeks ago, there was an attack on Ataturk Airport – but there was on France, and there have been attacks in the United State too. I think now terrorist attacks are not only in Middle East countries but everywhere, every place. And this is why I am here. I also would like to be in Turkey. Because I don't want to play the terrorists' game. The terrorists want us to stay afraid and to stay at home and not to visit a different country. And I say, “No, we must be calm, live our beautiful lives, and visit very beautiful places like Sharm.”
Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere, and for example this attack in America is no one's fault – only that of the terrorists. It is not possible to assign a policeman to every citizen. It is unfortunate, but my message is to be happy, and to not play the terrorists' game.
There are many markets for my music. I am very Popular in Russia, for example. I am also popular in Egypt because I made a track titled “Yama Layaly” with Haifa Wehbe six years ago. And I am very happy and proud to do this because it was the first time for a DJ from Europe to work with an Arab superstar. Yes, I wanted to give a present to my fans in the Arab countries. And I had the chance to make my music with songs that have Arabic lyrics. I have a project with the great Tunisian star Akram. We worked together before, we produced “Unidos para la musica”. He is a good friend with great spirit.
You know, I travel all around the world, in different countries, and Arab people are kind, and they love music. Sometimes I take a taxi and the drivers are always playing music. You have music on your body, and I like this. But, yes, I have many new projects. A new track is coming soon in the Star Music in Russia...

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