French Far Right To Sue Madonna for Swastika Image
France's far-right National Front said Sunday that it plans to sue Madonna after the singer showed a video at a Paris concert that contained an image of the party's leader with a swastika on her forehead.
Madonna is being sued by the far-right National Front for a video that contained France's leader with a swastika photo shopped on her forehead. The video has been shown at other concerts on the singer's tour, and the party has expressed its outrage before, warning that it would take action if the video were shown in France. Sure enough, on Saturday night, Madonna played it at the Stade de France.
Party leader Marine Le Pen is briefly pictured in the video during a montage in which famous faces – or parts of faces – morph one into the next. Soon after Le Pen's face flashes up with the swastika on her forehead, Madonna's face follows with Hitler's mustache. Le Pen, who inherited control of the party from her father, Jean-Marie, has tried to shed the National Front's image as racist and anti-Semitic, especially during her recent failed bid for president.
"We cannot accept such an odious comparison," National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said, adding that the legal action would be filed this week.
This isn't the first time Madonna has come to heads with France. In 1987, Madonna caused a stir when she threw her panties into the crowd at a concert where then president Jacques Chirac was in attendance.