Wednesday, March 5, 2008

French actress leaves news show to protest Le Pen's presence

French actress Sophie Marceau left the set of an evening news show to protest the presence on the set of right-wing extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen, French media reported Tuesday.

Marceau, who is best known outside of France for her role as Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson's 1995 film Braveheart, was to have appeared on the Monday evening news broadcast for TF1 television to discuss her new film, Les Femmes de l'Ombre (Female Agents). The film concerns a group of women who worked underground against the Nazi occupiers of France during World War II. Le Pen's views on the German occupation of France and of the Holocaust have been almost universally condemned. Among other things, he has described the gas chamber as "a detail of history" and said that the occupation was not as bad as is claimed. He had been invited on the program to speak about the upcoming municipal elections.

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