Celebrated French DJ tells fans ahead of Louvre gig: ‘get the vaccine’

French DJ David Guetta throws a charity concert in Paris to mark New Year's Eve
French DJ David Guetta poses in front of the Louvre Pyramid before performing the 'United at Home' fundraising live concert for New Year's Eve, in Paris, France, December 29, 2020. Picture taken December 29, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

January 4, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – French DJ David Guetta said he hoped everybody would get vaccinated against COVID-19, shortly before recording a charity concert outside the Louvre Museum in Paris that will be streamed on New Year’s Eve.

Guetta, known for his collaborations over nearly two decades with artists such as Akon, J Balvin, Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland, is raising money for UNICEF and French charity Les Restos du Coeur, which provides food and meals to people in need.

“I’m going to do the vaccine, and I hope people are going to do it too because I don’t see any other way to go out of this situation,” Guetta told Reuters ahead of recording the gig.

France, with 2,57 million cases and more than 64,000 dead, is one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe and in the world by the pandemic.

But the French are among the most sceptical about vaccines in the world, with opinion polls showing less than half the population intends to get a COVID shot.

France launched its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out on Sunday, along with other European Union nations.

Guetta said he hoped for an end to the pandemic in 2021 and one big, mad party.

“I want to tell them (my fans) that we are about to witness the craziest party year of our lifetime because the minute it’s going to be open, you know, it’s going to be amazing”, he said.

The Paris gig is part of the ‘United at Home’ charity initiative the DJ launched earlier this year.

Guetta has already performed two charity concerts in 2020, raising $1.5 million.

(Reporting by Helena Williams; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Richard Lough and Gareth Jones)