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Monday, July 16, 2012
The Front National Sues Madonna
Please note that there is an update below.
A few weeks ago, on June 4, I posted a short notice about Madonna's performance in Tel Aviv that included an image of Marine Le Pen on a giant screen. The video above is from the Tel Aviv performance and you really have to be quick to see the image in question - it appears at about 1'33" into the clip. It goes by so fast you may have to try more than once. The swastika on her forehead lasts about a second. And you will NOT want to listen to the unbearable cacaphony.
Madonna repeated this performance in France on July 14 at the Stade de France, north of Paris. The Front National had said it would file a lawsuit if she repeated the insult. Florian Philippot, newly appointed vice-president of the FN has announced that the suit will be filed next week:
"It is one more provocation whose purpose is to fight against the trouble she has been having with her public, since her tour is close to being a resounding flop," said Philippot. "But this provocation is inadmissible because she trivializes very serious things. It is our duty to file a suit in order to defend our voters and those who sympathize with us."
French speakers can hear the audio of Philippot's comments at Nations Presse.
If you Google this event (in English) you will find headlines such as "Madonna getting sued by French fascists for swastika imagery".
The Daily Mail has the article in English with the photo below where you can see the swastika more clearly.
Update: Does the image above show a Nazi swastika, or a Hindu-Buddhist symbol, or neither? Below is the Hindu swastika, as printed at Wikipedia:
And below is the Nazi emblem. The actual lines are similar but the Nazis did not use the four circles. And they tilted their swastika. However, Madonna seems to have used a left-facing swastika. I don't think Marine Le Pen can prove it is a Nazi symbol, only that it is a swastika. Swastikas are as old as the hills. See Wikipedia. Also see comments below.