No free speech in France: Actress Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying her beloved France by flouting animal rights in the name of their religion.
The AP reports that a Paris court levied a $23,325 fine against the animal rights activist who was the once the belle of French cinema.
The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP.
Bardot’s lawyer, Francois-Xavier Kelidjian, may appeal the decision according to the AP.
MRAP is a french anti-racism group similar to the ACLU, and they filed a lawsuit last year over a letter she sent to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.
The remarks were published in her foundation’s quarterly journal.
In the December 2006 letter to President Sarkozy revealed that Bardot was of the opinion that France is “tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts.”
Bardot, 73, was referring to the Muslim feast of Aid el-Kebir, celebrated by gruesome killing of sheep.
The AP reports that Bardot had been convicted four times before for inciting racial hatred.
“She is tired of this type of proceedings,” her lawyer said. “She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights.”Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.