France’s National Front on Tuesday branded Madonna a “Granny Gaga” after the global pop icon became embroiled in a new row with the resurgent far right party. Madonna had enraged the FN in 2012 by showing a video depicting its leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika over her forehead at a Paris concert. She took another swipe at the party on Monday with a post on her Instagram account. The post featured the front page of French newspaper Liberation from May 26, the day after the FN topped the polls in European elections with a record 25 percent of the vote. FN vice-president Florian Phillipot responded with a sarcastic suggestion Madonna was seeking controversy to court publicity at a time when her career has been eclipsed by the global stardom of younger rival Lady Gaga. “In politics too, Granny Gaga has lost the plot,” Philippot tweeted.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Last month Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, suggested using ebola on immigrants. The National Front is a backer of the anti-gay Manif Pour Tous and has supported its numerous, vicious and often violent rallies, as have Brian Brown and Tony Perkins.
Jean-Marie Le Pen has been convicted six times for inciting racial
hatred, including for denying that the Holocaust took place. Last year
Le Pen’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, herself a failed candidate for
France’s presidency, praised the man
who committed suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral in protest of same-sex
marriage. In February of this year Le Pen’s granddaughter, 24 year-old
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, led a massive anti-gay march
through the streets of Paris. In January of this year
the youth leader for the National Front called for France to institute anti-gay laws similar to those in Russia.