Madonna concert video with swastika on forehead angers French National Front
France’s National Front has said it plans to file a complaint against Madonna after a video of the party’s leader with a swastika on her forehead was played during a concert.
Marine Le Pen appears only briefly during the montage in which faces, or parts of faces, morph into each other. Shortly after the far-right leader’s face is shown, Madonna appears with a Hitler-style moustache.
The video was shown at previous venues on the MDNA Tour with the party expressing its anger at the image.
BlackBookMag reports that the gig at the Stade de France on Saturday night that prompted the threat of legal action
National Front spokesman Alain Vizier said the party would file a complaint in French court next week for “insults.”
Anti-racism group SOS Racisme, however, expressed its support for Madonna, commending her for her “resolutely anti-racist and feminist discourse”.
“We cannot accept such an odious comparison,” National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said
“This is just another provocation in Madonna’s world tour so that people will talk about her,” Philippot charged, claiming that the stadium was “far from full” for Madonna’s gig and that the tour was a “fiasco”.
“Marine Le Pen will defend not only her own honor but her supporters and the millions of National Front voters,” he added.
Le Pen, who took control of the party from her father Jean-Marie, has tried to shed the National Front’s image as racist and anti-Semitic during her recent failed bid to become the next French president.