Madonna denounces rise of far right in Europe

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 3:57 AM
Madonna denounces rise of far right in Europe

PARIS (AP) — Madonna is lamenting a rise in anti-Semitism and far right politics in France and Europe, re-igniting the anger of France's increasingly popular National Front party.

The singer said on France's Europe-1 radio Friday that "the level of intolerance is really scary" and described the National Front as "fascist."

At a 2012 Paris concert, Madonna showed a video including an image of National Front leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

The party filed a lawsuit that was later dismissed. National Front lawyer Wallerand de Saint-Just says the party could revive legal action against Madonna when she next performs in France this summer.

Party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has been repeatedly convicted of racism and anti-Semitism, but his daughter Marine has tried to distance herself from that.