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Madonna and Marine Le Pen – not a happy marriage

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Welcome to the “new/old” Sound Kitchen. We’ve put the programme back together: instead of two smaller programs on two days, The Sound Kitchen is now one program on one day – Saturday, at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time.

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Today’s question was read on 21 July, and was about the pop star Madonna. In her concert in Tel Aviv last May, she showed a music video called Nobody Knows Me, and in that video, Madonna’s face morphed into well- known personalities like Hosni Mubarak, the Pope, Hitler, and … Marine Le Pen , the head of France’s far right political party, the National Front, or as it’s known here, the FN.

Marine Le Pen didn’t like how she was represented in the video, and threatened to sue Madonna if her image was not removed from it. Madonna didn’t; in fact, on 14 July, in concert here in Paris, that video, complete with Marine Le Pen, was part of her show. The FN party held to their word, and filed a suit against Madonna for “publicly insulting” Le Pen. I asked you: why? What in Madonna’s music video Nobody Knows Me offended far right French politician Marine Le Pen?

The answer is: Marine le Pen was shown with a swastika on her forehead, and was followed by the features of a man resembling Adolf Hitler.

Although Madonna did leave the video intact for her Paris concert on 14 July, (hence provoking the lawsuit), she removed it for her next Parisian concert. She said to her fans at the Olympia Music Hall here at the end of July: "I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me. It's not my intention to make enemies". She did, however, talk about the French tradition of welcoming foreign artists, from Josephine Baker to Vincent van Gogh (Le Pen’s party is known for their tough anti-immigration policies).

The winners this week are: Mr. Ralf Urbanczyk, from Eisleben, Germany; Fansu Bolong Janneh, from Banjul, the Gambia; Mr. Zenon Teles, from the Christian- Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Association of Listening DX-ERS in Goa, India; Mr. Syed Murtaza Ali, from Karachi, Pakistan, and Mizanur Rahman, from Sirajganj, Bangladesh.

Congratulations, winners!

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This week’s question is about Greece. As you certainly know, the country is really in trouble financially, and there have been some rather drastic austerity measures put in place. This past week the Greeks took to the streets to protest new austerity measures in the works: the government has to find at least 11.5 billion euros of savings over the next two years. These savings will probably, again, come from reducing public sector wages and pensions. Also, the retirement age could be increased to 67.

This strike is important because it is the first since the new prime minister came to power in June … and my question to you is: what is his name? What is the name of Greece’s fairly new, conservative, prime minister?

Send me your answer by 29 October; the answer and the winners will be announced on the 3 November programme. As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and be sure and tell me if you are a Mr. or a Mrs. or a Ms. or a Miss – I don’t want to get it wrong!

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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75016 Paris


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