Madonna arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Internationally-recognized pop music sensation Madonna on Thursday said anti-Semitism and "growing intolerance" in Europe, and especially in France, has reached a level that "feels like Nazi Germany."
During an interview with Europe 1 radio that is set to be aired in-full on Friday morning, the pop diva said "anti-Semitism is at an all-time high," in France and Europe.
Setting aside a fall off-stage during a performance at the Brit Awards Wednesday night in London, the 56-year-old star expressed her concern over the "climate of extreme fear" that she said has surfaced across the European continent, and which she likened to the era during the rise of German fascism.
"We are going through crazy times and it reminds me of Nazi Germany," Madonna told the radio network.
Madonna lamented that the spirit of freedom and celebration of diversity that she stated she had previously observed in France is now "completely gone."
"France was once a country that accepted people of color, and was a place artists escaped to, whether it was Josephine Baker or Charlie Parker," AFP quoted her as saying.