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Brigitte Bardot's not so bon mots for Muslims

By M&C People Apr 16, 2008, 4:16 GMT

Brigitte Bardot's not so bon mots for Muslims

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Once the muse of filmmakers, fashion houses and all of France, the former film star Brigitte Bardot was placed on trial Tuesday for insulting Muslims.

This is the fifth time the ardent animal lover has been charged with "inciting racial hatred" over her remarks about Islam and its followers. In 2000, Bardot was again convicted for comments in her book Pluto's Square, specifically the chapter "Open Letter to My Lost France" grieved for "...my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims."

French media reports that Prosecutors requested the 73-year-old former receive a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was "destroying our country and imposing its acts".

Bardot has never been shy in expressing her disdain for her France being overrun by its former colonies of African immigrants and especially Muslims.

Reuters reports that she has been fined four times for inciting racial hatred since 1997, at first 1,500 euros and most recently 5,000.

Prosecutor Anne de Fontette stated: "I am a little tired of prosecuting Mrs Bardot."

Bardot was not able to be present at the hearing due to health complications.

Opposing her remarks are the various French anti-racist groups, particularly over her remarks regarding the gruesome sheep slaughtering for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.  Something the animal rights proponent Bardot finds offensive.

Reuters claims that 8 percent of France's population are Muslims.

"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts," Bardot said.

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