Brigitte Bardot in race hate row

French film legend Brigitte BardotLondon, Apr. 16: A Paris prosecutor has called for French film legend Brigitte Bardot to receive a two-month suspended prison sentence and a 12,000-pound fine for inciting racial hatred in a letter.

Bardot, now an animal rights activist, has been convicted four times since 1997 on similar charges, reports The Telegraph.

In December 2006, Bardot, 73, wrote to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, then the interior minister, criticising the Muslim practice of slaughtering sheep without first stunning them.

In the letter published by the magazine Info-Journal and handed out to members of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, she wrote: "We're fed up with being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts".

Several French anti-racism groups filed for charges of "inciting discrimination and racial hatred" against Muslims.

Bardot was not in court, citing "difficulties in getting around", but her lawyer read out a note in which she said she was "appalled" at the "harassment" of anti-racism groups.

"I will never keep quiet" until animals are stunned before ritual slaughter, she added, saying she was "tired and weary".

The heaviest penalty to date was in 2004, when the star of "And God Created Woman" was fined 3,300 pounds for inciting racial hatred in a book. In A Cry In The Silence, she "opposed the Islamisation of France" and racial mixing.

The verdict is due on June 3. (ANI)

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