France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen has said yes to an offer from US pop icon Madonna to “sit down and have a drink”. The pair famously fell out when one of Madonna’s videos featured an image of Le Pen complete with a swastika on her forehead
Madonna has always said you should “Express Yourself” and that’s exactly what the 56-year-old singer has been doing while in France this week.
She first hit the French newspapers last week after comparing France and Europe to Nazi Germany – leaving some to question her authority on the matter considering she was born in the US in 1958.
On Monday, she made headlines in France again after inviting the leader of the National Front for a meeting over a ‘demi’ bière or two.
“I think I would like to sit down and have a drink with Marine Le Pen,” Madonna said on the Grand Journal TV programme. “I want to understand where she’s coming from.”
It certainly sounded like a prayer for the Material Girl – and that prayer was answered on Tuesday afternoon.
After initially telling RTL radio that she wouldn’t be meeting the diva, Le Pen did an about turn later in the day.
“I accept Madonna’s invitation with pleasure,” she told the AFP news agency.
“I appreciate people who make overtures in good faith.”
The relationship between the two women has a rocky foundation.
In 2012, the American kicked off her world tour with a show featuring a video montage of Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. The footage was followed by another photomontage of Hitler and Le Pen.
The French political party threatened legal action over what they called an “odious comparison”, and Madonna cut the montage from her show.
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