The 54-year-old singer was paying a visit to Menton, a picturesque coastal town close to the French-Italian border and site of the annual Festival de Musique de Menton – a celebration of classical music with performances from a range of global artists and symphony orchestras.
Dressed a little less provocatively than usual in a polka dotted black dress and white cardigan, Madonna was spotted taking in performances from concert pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque and Basque band Kalakan, with whom the singer is close friends.
Ready for bed: Madonna looks washed out as she attends a performance at the Menton Music Festival in southern France
Indeed, Madonna appeared to be ready for a good nights sleep as she ran a hand through her hair, her eyes downcast as she followed festival art director Paul Thomas Emmanuel into the event, with a grinning Zaibat bringing up the rear.
The Borderline singer added a touch of mainstream glamour to an event not generally known for attracting mainstream celebrities.
Exhausted: The pop legend runs a hand through her hair as she arrives at the venue for a performances from piano sisters Katia and Marielle LabËque and Basque trio Kalakan with Zaibat and festival artistic director Paul Thomas Emmanuel
Eyes right: Something has caught Madonna's eye as she arrives accompanied by her young boyfriend
Seats please: The festival director places a hand on the hitmaker's back as she makes her way to her seat
According to ABC performers are not allowed to earn money in the country while visiting on a tourist visa.
Lady Gaga has been accused of breaching the same rule while performing in Moscow and St. Petersburg with her Born This Way tour in 2012, but insiders claim real the source of the controversy is their apparent promotion of gay rights while visitors.
Passing the time: Madonna and Zaibat chat to another guest as they wait for the performance to get underway
Something to smile about: The singer finds something funny as she arrives at the event in southern France with Brahim Zaibat
During her concert in Russia, Madonna reportedly told the audience: ‘Gay people here and all around the world have the same rights.’
The comment is understood to have incensed advocates of St. Petersburg’s anti-gay law, which prohibits people to openly talk about homosexuality around minors.
Anyone breaking the law face potential fines, deportation and – in extreme cases – imprisonment.
Material girl: Madonna looked surprisingly low-key in a black polka-dotted dress and white cardigan at the Menton music festival