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Two French Festivals Drop Eagles of Death Metal After Singer's Comments

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs during 2016 Sweetlife Festival
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Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performs during 2016 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillon on May 14, 2016 in Columbia, Md. 

Two French music festivals have cancelled Eagles of Death Metal's concerts this summer in reaction to comments by the band's frontman over the Paris attacks.

The Rock en Seine concert in Paris and the Cabaret Vert festival in northern France said in a statement Friday they are "in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes' recent allegations."

Hughes told the Libertarian webzine Taki's Magazine last week that he saw some "terrorists" in the Bataclan concert hall before the Nov. 13 show and saw "Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack."

In March, Hughes made similar statements about the attacks -- namely that he believed some Bataclan security guards knew the club would be targeted -- and later apologized. "I haven't been myself since November 13," he said at the time. "I realize there's no excuse for my words, but for what it's worth: I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone."

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The band's performance on Nov. 13 turned into a bloodbath when suicide bombers stormed in as part of near-simultaneous attacks in Paris.

The band had previously returned to France to perform a show in Paris on Feb. 17.

A rep for the band did not immediately respond to Billboard's request for comment.

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