Madonna has performed a special impromptu concert at the Place de la Republique to remember the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.
After her show at the Bercy Arena on Wednesday evening, the singer tweeted her fans saying: “Im singing some songs in place de la republique. Meet me there now.”
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 10, 2015
She started the short set with “Ghosttown,” then played “Imagine” and “Like a Prayer.” The singer was joined by her son, David, and guitarist Monte Pittman.
“Everybody knows why we’re here,” she said. “We just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honor and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago.”
The iconic statue at Republique has been transformed into an informal memorial since the attacks, piled high with flowers and candles left by passersby.
Earlier in the evening at the Bercy arena, Madonna sang the French national anthem and wrapped herself in the tricolor, France 24 reported.
“We are one heart and our heart can beat as one… the power of love is greater than the love of power,” the singer told the audience.
“I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!”