Madonna has been threatened with the prospect of legal action by French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, after the pop singer placed an image of a swastika on a picture of Le Pen during her show last week in Tel Aviv.
The swastika featured upon Le Pen’s forehead and the image was projected onto large screens during the song ‘Nobody Knows Me’, as part of Madonna’s current world tour, much to the consternation of the politician. Le Pen has said that if the incident is repeated when Madonna’s tour arrives in France in July, she will sue.
“We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes,” said Le Pen via The Daily Mail. When she was asked if she would sue Madonna, Le Pen replied: “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting”.
The right wing National Front are the third biggest political party in France. Marine Le Pen took over as president of the party from her father, the controversial Jean-Marie Le Pen, last year.
Last week, footage of Madonna covering Lady Gaga’s track ‘Born This Way’ emerged online, showing Madonna slip the chorus into her own ‘Express Yourself’. The version features in the setlist for her ‘MDNA’ world tour, which started on May 31.
Madonna had previously spoken out about the similarities between ‘Express Yourself’ and Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ by describing the latter as “reductive”. Speaking on the US television programme 20/20, the singer confirmed she had noted the similarities between her 1989 track and Gaga’s 2011 single and said she found it “amusing”.