French star risks fine, prison over anti-Muslim remarks
Brigitte Bardot may be slapped a two-month prison sentence and a fine of EUR 15,000.16 April 2008
PARIS - A Paris prosecutor called Tuesday for former actress Brigitte Bardot to be fined EUR 15,000 and a suspended two-month prison sentence for inciting hatred against Muslims.
In December 2006, the French star wrote a letter to France's then interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, claiming Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them at the Aid al-Kabir holiday.
She outraged French anti-racist groups by saying: "I've had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing their ways."
Bardot, now 73 and suffering from arthritis, was absent from Tuesday's court hearing. She wrote to the court saying: "I'm sickened by how (these organisations) are harassing me."
She added: "I will not shut up until stunning is carried out" on animals before their ritual slaughter.
Bardot, who has been an animal rights activist for 20 years, already has four convictions on similar charges.
In 2004, a Paris court fined her EUR 5,000 for inciting racial hatred in her book "Un Cri Dans le Silence" (A Cry in the Silence).
The court is due to announce its decision on 3 June.
[AFP / Expatica]