Madonna facing lawsuit in France over swastika
Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” ways are finally catching up with her.
As we reported earlier, the rampant nipple-flashing pop legend previewed a video in Tel Aviv that featured images of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wright Front National Party, with a swastika imposed over her head. As one would imagine, Le Pen did not take kindly to it, threatening Madge by saying, “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting for her.”
Well, guess what: Madonna did that in France, and Le Pen was waiting for her — with a lawsuit. At a show in Paris’ Stade de France, the singer indeed let the video rip in front of 70,000 concert-goers, which you can see in the video below:
And now the French party leader is expected to take the “public insult” issue to Paris courts within the next few days.
“We can’t accept this!” Front National vice-president Florian Philippot said of Madonna’s “very serious insult.” The FNP’s lawyer Me Wallerand de Saint-Just explained, “Showing Marine Le Pen’s image with a swastika is like saying she is a Nazi.”
Yet as Billboard notes, Madonna does have her supporters in France. SOS Racisme, a French anti-racism organization, released a statement declaring the video in question “resolutely anti-racist and feminist.”
Specifics about the suit, including how much in damages Le Pen will seek, have yet to be hammered out, but we’ll keep you updated as details emerge. Until then, gear up for Aug. 21 — the date Madonna’s tour returns to France to play Nice.