The condemnation came after Real Madrid's star midfielder Zinedine Zidane, hero of the 1998 World Cup-winning team and an icon for France's big North African immigrant community, called for a huge vote against Le Pen on Sunday.
The multi-racial team that clinched the World Cup on home
soil four years ago was trumpeted as a symbol of a "rainbow
nation" of ethnic tolerance.
But Le Pen has scoffed at that and once complained
foreign-born players did not know the French national anthem.
"I find it artificial to have foreign players come and play
in France and call them the French team," the 73-year-old former
paratrooper said in 1996.
"Most French players don't even know, or don't want to sing, the Marseillaise."