Skip to main content

France's National Front threatens to sue Madonna over swastika image

By Saskya Vandoorne, CNN
updated 11:53 AM EDT, Mon July 16, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Madonna representative declines comment on swastika controversy
  • Madonna show included a video of party leader with swastika superimposed on her face
  • Party: "The images ... draw a terrible link between the party and an ideology that we reject"
  • Madonna has shown the montage at other shows

(CNN) -- France's far right-leaning National Front party is threatening to sue after singer Madonna showed a video of party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead during a concert in Paris.

"The images that were projected draw a terrible link between the party and an ideology that we reject," party Vice President Florian Philippot said Monday.

The party took issue after the video was projected during a show at the Stade de France national stadium Saturday night.

"Just because she is rich and well-known does not mean we should accept such atrocities. It's an insult against Marine Le Pen and an insult to all the National Front party members," Philippot added.

Madonna exposes herself to fans
Madonna kicks off world tour in Israel

Madonna's publicist, Barbara Charone, said the star's show "has been the same since it started in Tel Aviv" at the end of May, but declined to comment further.

The image is part of a video montage of several current and deposed world leaders that is projected onto a giant screen during the song "Nobody Knows Me" during Madonna's current world tour.

After the image of Le Pen appears, it fades into one of Adolf Hitler.

The party had warned that it would seek legal action if Madonna showed the image at her concerts in France.

The National Front said the photo was altered for Madonna's concert.

Le Pen made a strong showing in the first round of France's presidential election. The daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, she pledged to crack down on illegal immigration and called for France to leave the eurozone and restore its currency, the franc. She also criticized France's political integration into the European Union.

The National Front is the third-largest political party in France. In June, it won its first seats in parliament in 15 years, with two lawmakers elected.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:26 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
updated 7:09 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
updated 1:01 PM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
updated 10:48 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
updated 12:07 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
updated 7:15 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
updated 7:06 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
updated 7:37 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
updated 7:27 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.
ADVERTISEMENT