The head of the
far-right French party the National Front, Marine Le Pen, has downplayed
remarks by her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who told an
interviewer that a Jewish singer should be sent to the "oven". Footage
of the comments was published on the party's website over the weekend.
During the interview, Le
Pen lashed out at various celebrities, including Madonna, who had
criticized the party's achievements in the EU parliamentary elections
last month. When the interviewer told Le Pen that one of those critics
had been French Jewish singer Patrick Bruel, he replied: "I am not
surprised. Next time we should arrange another 'shipment' to the oven".