French far-right may sue Madonna over swastika video


France’s far-right National Front said Monday it might sue Madonna if the U.S. pop icon uses a video in her upcoming Paris concert showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

Madonna used the video as part of her stage show as she launched her keenly awaited “MDNA” world tour in Israel last Thursday. The tour is due to take her to France for a Paris gig on July 14 and another concert a week later in Nice.

Louis Aliot, the National Front’s vice-president and Le Pen’s partner, said when asked by BFM-TV news channel if the party planned to sue the singer: “We’ll see when she plays in France.”

Le Pen, who was a candidate in last month’s presidential elections, herself said Sunday that when “old singers want to get people to talk about them, it’s understandable that they do such extreme things.”

The video, which served as a backdrop when Madonna sang “Nobody Knows Me”, briefly showed Le Pen’s forehead appear with a swastika on it before her whole face appeared, followed by an image resembling Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The tour -- Madonna’s first since the wildly successful “Sticky and Sweet” in 2008 and 2009 -- will move on to Europe and the Americas, with concerts planned in a total of 80 countries.

It is expected to end in early 2013 in Australia.