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French politician Marine Le Pen is criticizing Madonna for showing a swastika on her forehead during the singer’s show in Tel Aviv last Thursday.
Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing National Front party, told The Daily Mail that Madonna will face legal action if she includes the image when her MDNA tour comes to France next month. “We understand how old singers who need to get people talking about them go to such extremes,” Le Pen said, adding, “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting.”
E! News reports that the swastika only appeared briefly, but appeared to make reference to Le Pen’s party, which has been accused of being anti-Semitic. The video montage, which played during Madonna’s “Nobody Knows Me,” also included images of Pope Benedict XVI, Hu Jintao and Sarah Palin. The rest of the show also included other controversial moments, but it also included Madonna’s plea for peace in the region.
“We are not a Nazi party, and object to being depicted as such,” a source for the party told the Daily Mail, later adding, “If Madonna repeats this slur in France then she will certainly be taken to court.”
Le Pen’s father is Jean-Marie Le Pen, a convicted anti-Semite and racist who was the leader of the National Front until his daughter took over. Le Pen has vowed to reform the party, although she has hoped to limit Muslim immigration into France. During the first round of presidential elections in April, the party earned a fifth of the popular vote.
Madonna has two shows scheduled in France during her world tour. One in Paris on July 14 and another on Aug. 21 in Nice.
You can watch a video of the controversial moment below: