Singer Madonna angered the far-right French political party, the National Front, Saturday by showing an image of their leader with a swastika imprinted on her forehead. The image was part of a concert video during the song 'Nobody Knows Me.'
Followed by an image of a man who looked to be the German W.W. II Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, the party of Marine Le Pen said the inference was clear, that Le Pen was a fascist and comparable to Hitler. They say that is an unacceptable way to portray her and intend to bring a lawsuit against the American singer.
“We cannot accept such an odious comparison,” the National Front's vice-president Florian Philippot told the media Sunday. “Marine Le Pen will defend not only her own honour but her supporters and the millions of National Front voters.” Philippot said that a lawsuit against the 53-year-old singer will be filed in a Paris court this week.
Madonna enrages French National Front
The lawsuit doesn't come as a surprise as Madonna was warned after the image was shown at a concert in Tel Aviv on May 29 - the opening night of her current tour - that should she show it in France there would be repercussions. She has shown the image in the 12 cities she's played since Tel Aviv, including Abu Dhabi, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin and Brussels.
The song was part of Madonna's concert at The Stade de France on Saturday. Philippot tried to criticize Madonna in his talk with the press by saying that the huge stadium, the national stadium of France located north of Paris, was "far from full" yet attendance for the show was more than 70,000. The Stade de France seats 80,000.
Ms. Le Pen, whose father Jean-Marie Le Pen was the founder of the National Front and for many years its leader, finished a distant third in the French presidential elections in May.