It's nice to know Madonna still has the power to spark controversy.
Once known as the queen of controversy for consistently breaking sexual and religious taboos in the '80s and '90s, Madge is now raising the ire of a French politico thanks to imagery she uses in her MDNA tour.
Front National leader Marine Le Pen has condemned the 53-year-old pop star for juxtaposing Le Pen's face with a swastika, the symbol most often associated with Hitler and the Nazis. Madge reportedly debuted the image during her Tel Aviv show while singing "Nobody Knows Me."
A video montage flashed the faces of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Pope Benedict XVI, and Sarah Palin. And, yes, it features Le Pen's face as well, her eyes and forehead superimposed with a swastika. As one might imagine, Le Pen took issue with this.
"If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her," Le Pen said of the tour's French dates on July 14 and Aug. 21. She added, "It's understandable when aging singers who need publicity go to such extremes. Her songs don't work anymore."
The presidential hopeful came in third in the April election and, according to the U.K. Guardian, Le Pen has been struggling to shed the Nazi-sympathizing Front National supporters she inherited from her dad, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has often been accused of anti-Semitism.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Le Pen Sr. suggested yesterday that his daughter "ask Madame Madonna -- and everyone who organized her international show -- for $1 million."
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