Right-wing French political leader Marine Le Pen is threatening to sue Madonna for using an image of her with a swastika on her forehead as part of a video montage in the 30-country MDNA tour that kicked off in Tel Aviv last week.
The image, which superimposes Le Pen’s eyes on Madonna’s face, is part of a montage for the song, “You Don’t Know Me,” (see video, at left).
"If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her," Le Pen told the French newspaper 20 Minutes.
Wallerand Saint-Just, a lawyer for Le Pen’s National Front party, told the newspaper that Madonna would face legal action if she uses that montage during her concerts in Paris on July 14 or in Nice on August 21.
"We'll make money with the lawsuit we’re going to file,” Saint-Just said.
Le Pen added an insult to the alleged injury by calling Madonna old and irrelevant:
"It's understandable when aging singers who need publicity go to such extremes," Le Pen said. "Her songs don't work anymore."
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the National Front, which has been linked with racism and anti-Semitism, said all of its members are affronted by Madonna's depiction of Le Pen as a Nazi.
"We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such," an insider told the Daily Mail. "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."
The right-wing party won just under 18 percent of the popular vote during the first round of presidential elections in April, according to the Guardian. Le Pen said she would reform the leadership of the National Front party when she took over for her father Jean-Marie Le Pen last year. According to the Daily Mail report, he is a convicted racist and anti-Semite who has denied that the Nazi Holocaust ever occurred.
Marine Le Pen ran on a platform that included a pledge to clamp down on Muslim immigration and Islamic culture in France. Madonna is currently dating Brahim Zaibat, a 24-year-old Muslim who immigrated to France from North Africa.
Le Pen reportedly fired another salvo at Madonna in the French newspaper, Le Parisien, according to the Guardian report. The French politico poked at the American pop singer for adopting her two children, David and Mercy, from Malawi.
"By the way, has Madonna given back the children she stole from Africa? Or did she end up buying them?" Le Pen asked.
Le Pen hopes to become a member of parliament in France’s National Assembly. Madonna hopes to remain a pop legend. Impending legal action probably will not prevent either from realizing their ambitions.