Madonna seems to have crossed the line and may now face a court battle with France’s top far right-wing politician, Marine Le Pen. She claims the singer depicted her as a Nazi, placing a swastika on her forehead during a stage slide show.
The face of Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s Front National, appeared on a large screen with a swastika symbol between her eyes, alongside pictures of Sarah Palin and Chinese President Hu Jintao while Madonna sang her hit Nobody Knows Me hit during a performance in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter says.
The right-wing Le Pen is now threatening to go to court to defend her honor. The infuriated politician blamed Madonna’s controversial act on her age. “We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes,” the Daily Mail quotes Le Pen as saying.
Madonna, 53, is set to perform in Paris and Nice in July. “If she does that in France, we will be waiting,” Le Pen warned the singer.
“We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such,” a source in the National Front party is quoted by Daily Mail as saying. “If you accuse the National Front of being anti-Semitic and racist then you accuse a fifth of the French people of being anti-Semitic and racist.”
Despite the objections of party members, the National Front is often depicted as an anti-Semitic and nationalist institution. Party founder and Marine’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen was convicted several times in France and abroad of racism and anti-Semitism.
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