...Outrage from the far right over rumours of a performance at the opening ceremony has exposed deep divisions in France.

She is the most listened-to French singer in the world, whose relentlessly catchy hits about love and betrayal have been streamed 7bn times and who made history last year when she sold out three Paris gigs in 15 minutes.

But Aya Nakamura, France’s biggest pop superstar who is known for her unique French style influenced by Afrobeats and Caribbean zouk, called out racism and ignorance this week after far-right politicians expressed outrage over the possibility that she could sing at the Paris Olympics.

The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation on Friday into alleged...

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Author: Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Anissa Rami