Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55-year-old tourist

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU budget deficits: Time to be more flexible?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Sir Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Read more

#TECH 24

Anonymous ‘declare cyber war’ on IS militants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Cambodian garment workers demand minimum wage

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France in the crosshairs'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Climate change: The heat is on

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Air France pilots reject CEO's offer to halt expansion of low-cost carrier

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

Brigitte Bardot risks prison for hate speech

Latest update : 2008-04-16

Former French starlet Brigitte Bardot faces the possibility of a 15,000-euro fine and a suspended prison sentence for remarks she made in 2006 criticising Islam and its treatment of animals being prepared for consumption.

A Paris prosecutor called Tuesday for former actress Brigitte Bardot to be fined 15,000 euros (23,000-dollars) 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 5,000 euros 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 June 3.

Date created : 2008-04-16

COMMENT(S)