Madonna's swastika and Hitler eyes infuriates French far right leader
MARINE Le Pen, the leader of the French far-Right, has threatened to sue Madonna over a video depicting her with a swastika on her forehead.
The fleeting image was shown at a concert the US-born singer gave in Tel Aviv last Thursday as part of her MDNA world tour.
Projected during the song Nobody knows me, the film morphed Madonna's face with a number of famous figures, including Chinese leader Hu Jinatao, US Republican former presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Pope Benedict XVI.
Miss Le Pen's eyes and forehead then appear for a second before a swastika and the eyes of Adolf Hitler are superimposed onto the FN leader.
Furious, Miss Le Pen threatened to sue the singer if she kept the video unchanged when she performs in Paris on the July 14 national holiday and in Nice in August. "If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her," she told Le Parisien.
Hitting back at Madonna, she was quoted by the newspaper as asking: "By the way, has Madonna given back the children she stole from Africa? Or did she end up buying them?" Madonna adopted two children, David and Mercy in Malawi in 2007 and 2009, sparking a coalition of around 85 local NGOs to accuse her of "child kidnap".
"She's an old singer," Miss Le Pen went on. "She no longer knows what to do to get people talking about her because her songs don't work anymore."
The Hitler connotations follow a drive by Miss Le Pen to try and clean up the image of the far-Right party and distance herself from supporters who openly sympathise with the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Her father Jean-Marie famously described the Nazi gas chambers as a "detail of history".
An opinion poll last Friday found that 51 per cent of those polled considered the FN an ordinary political party, compared to 42 per cent who considered it "not like other parties".
Miss Le Pen won 17.9 per cent in last month's presidential election and is running for a seat in parliamentary elections that take place on June 10 and 17.