0253 GMT May 27, 2022
The Louvre said Le Pen did not have permission to film a campaign video in front of its famous glass pyramid, telegraph.co.uk wrote.
In ‘The Louvre Declaration’, the National Rally leader describes the gallery as an “architectural jewel” home to some of mankind’s “most beautiful cultural achievements.” But she swiftly launches into a series of grievances against President Emmanuel Macron, who, she acknowledges, five years earlier made his election night victory speech in front of the same pyramid.
The goal, Philippe Olivier, one of Le Pen’s campaign advisors told the New York Times, was to show that “Macron is the opponent…that’s what the symbolic act of being at the Louvre is about.”
But the Louvre said it wanted no part in the political tit-for-tat.
In a statement to the Telegraph, a museum spokesperson said that Le Pen’s party didn’t seek permission before filming the video on January 11, and has asked her team to take the video down.
“We belong to the entire French population,” another museum spokesperson told the French newspaper Le Parisien. “But in her video clip, Le Pen claims the Louvre as her own.”
Le Pen’s team defended the video, which remains online, claiming it was in line with the museum’s official rules, which states that no authorization is needed when a video isn’t shot for commercial purposes.
In the video, Le Pen repeatedly references Macron’s 2017 victory speech, claiming the incumbent has failed to live up to his election night commitments, and pledging to put an end to the “interlude of a Macronism that’s been toxic for the country and that began here.”
The Louvre, for its part, said it was “considering what action may be taken regarding the conditions under which the video was filmed and broadcast.” While he has yet to formally announce his candidacy to seek reelection, Macron remains the current favourite, polling to take 26 percent of the vote in the first round, with Le Pen trailing behind at 17 percent.