Battle of the blondes: Madonna vs Le Pen

 

John Lichfield
Sunday 15 July 2012 22:54
Comments
Madonna performs at the Stade de France in Paris
Madonna performs at the Stade de France in Paris

Two of the world's most celebrated blondes, Madonna and Marine Le Pen, are to face off in court after the American singer showed an image of the French far right leader with a swastika on her forehead during a concert in Paris at the weekend.

The National Front (NF) said yesterday that it would bring a formal legal complaint for "making public insults" after the pop diva displayed the swastika-embellished face of Ms Le Pen as the Stade de France on Saturday night.

The same image has appeared at other concert's during Madonna's world tour. The extreme nationalist party warned last month that it would bring a legal action if it was shown in France.

Ms Le Pen's father, the NF founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has talked of a claim for €1,000,000 (£785,000) in damages but any punishment inflicted by a French court is likely to be much smaller.

"This is yet another provocation, intended to try to overcome [Madonna's] problems with her fans during a tour which is a complete flop," said a senior NF official, Florian Philippot, yesterday.

While performing the song Nobody Knows Me Madonna was backed by a series of images on a giant screen. As at previous concerts, the images included the deposed Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, Pope Benedict XVI and Marine Le Pen, with a swastika imposed on her forehead. After a few seconds, the image of Ms Le Pen gave way to a picture of Adolf Hitler.

Madonna, 53, often makes political statements during her concerts. The 43 year old Ms Le Pen, meanwhile, has attempted to clean up the image of the NF since she replaced her father as the party's president in January.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in