Madonna pulls swastika stunt in Israel

Jun 4, 2012 at 3:26 p.m. ET

The Material Girl may face a lawsuit with material impact. Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen isn't a fan of the swastika featured so prominently on her likeness during Madonna's concert last week in Tel Aviv.


The French National Front leader had some fighting words for the 53-year-old star, following a video shown during a concert in Israel, which depicted Le Pen with the Nazi symbol on her forehead.

"If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her," Le Pen told Le Parisien, when asked if she was likely to sue. The singer is scheduled to perform in Paris and Nice later this summer.

While Le Pen was at it, she also took a personal jab at Madonna's motivations for comparing her party to the Nazi party.

"She's an old singer," Le Pen said of the pop icon, who is 10 years the political leader's senior. "She no longer knows what to do to get people talking about her because her songs don't work anymore."

The particular song at the center of this hubbub, "Nobody Knows Me," presents fleeting images of a variety of well-recognized faces — including Pope Benedict XVI and Sarah Palin — superimposed over Madge's face.

No doubt the swastika stings all the more for Le Pen, given the party her father founded has long been accused of promoting anti-Semitism and racism. In fact, founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined through the years for comments tied to inciting violence against Muslim populations and other groups.

The Telegraph reports that the senior Le Pen once told a far-right magazine that "in France, at least, the German occupation was not especially inhumane, even if there were a number of excesses — inevitable in a country of 550,000 square kilometers."

With his daughter as the "new face" of the Party, the National Front has experienced a resurgence in recent years.

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