Right-Wing French Politician Tells Madonna to Pay $1 Million Over Controversial Video
Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front came to his daughter’s defense after the pop star showed a video likening her to Hitler at a concert in Israel.
PARIS -- French right-wing politician Jean-Marie Le Pen has spoken out against Madonna after the pop star compared his daughter Marine, who was a candidate in the recent French presidential election, to Adolf Hitler.
A video that featured Le Pen with a swastika covering her face was broadcast on a huge screen during a recent Tel Aviv concert during Madonna’s performance of “Nobody Knows Me.” Faces of other global political and religious figures, including Pope Benedict, Sarah Palin and Hu Jintao, also appear in the video.
Marine Le Pen warned, "If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her.” French press reported that her camp said she will sue if the video plays at Madonna’s planned Paris concert in July.
Her father spoke out while in Lyon on Thursday, recommending that his daughter “ask Madame Madonna -- and everyone who organized her international show -- for $1 million.”
The father also referred to Madonna as “this singer who became famous by throwing her underpants between Jacques Chirac’s hands.”
Jean-Marie Le Pen is the honorary president of the National Front party and is known for his anti-Semitic and racist beliefs and comments. His daughter has been attempting to separate herself from Nazi sympathizers who supported her father but is still far to the right on many political matters and is strongly opposed to illegal immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage.
Marine Le Pen earned nearly 18 percent of the public vote in the first round of the French presidential election in April.
Madonna hasn’t responded to the Le Pen family’s criticism of her video and is scheduled to perform in France on Bastille Day, July 14.