FILM legend turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is facing prosecution for inciting racial hatred after calling Indian Ocean islanders “degenerate savages” for killing animals.
The 84-year-old former sex symbol said she was furious that many of those living on the French overseas territory of Reunion were cruel to animals.
She wrote in an open letter to local governors on the island of one million people: “The natives have kept their savage genes.”
She was particularly angry about Hindus on Reunion for “sacrificing goats” and said others on the “demonic isle” were also cruel to cats and dogs.
Miss Bardot said that Hindus who took part in Indian Tamil festivals and “beheaded goats, and then threw their entrails into the sea, attracting sharks”, who in turn threatened swimmers.
Miss Bardot, who shot to fame in the 1956 film And God Created Woman, has five criminal convictions for inciting hatred, mainly against Muslims for halal slaughter, and Jews for their preparation of kosher food.
She has openly supported France’s far-Right National Front, which is now called the National Rally, as well as the Yellow Vests movement that has been responsible for weekly riots across France.
Her latest comments emerged after the Prefect of Reunion, Amaury de Saint-Quentin, told French public prosecutors what she had written.
He also issued a statement saying Miss Bardot’s language “included insulting and racist terms likely to constitute an offence.”
The French overseas territories minister on Reunion Annick Girardin also said Miss Bardot’s comments were “insulting and racist.”
In Paris, the president of the lower house of parliament, Richard Ferrand, expressed his “contempt” for Bardot’s comments.
Didier Robert, the President of the Reunion region, described her as “irresponsible, outrageous and contemptuous.”
He said her letter contained deeply racist terms that were “absolutely unacceptable.”
During previous court appearances in France, Miss Bardot has received substantial fines and been forced to apologize for her bigotry.
She is a close friend of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the French National Front party who has been convicted for anti-Semitism, racism and Holocaust denial. Miss Bardot quit the movie industry in 1973 and now runs an animal sanctuary in the French Riviera resort of St. Tropez where she first shot to stardom in the 1950s.