Considered by many as one of the sexiest actresses in the film industry during the 50s and 60s, the iconic Brigitte Bardot is best known in her later years as one of the most staunch and vocal defenders of her French homeland and also of the more cerebral endeavor of what it means to be French. Unfortunately for the former sexpot, her nationalistic defenses of her nation and its culture has seen her run afoul of France’s laws against “inciting racial hatred.”
As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal on Feb. 20, 2015, Bardot has been charged and found guilty five separate times of speaking ill of the followers of Mohammed. As it turns out, the prosecutor in Bardot’s latest run-in with the nation’s speech censorship laws as not punishment enough. Interestingly enough, Bardot was technically charged found guilty of “inciting racial hatred” despite Islam not being a race.
Paris Prosecutor Anne de Fontette would like to see Bardot fined €15,000 (roughly $24,000) as well as a two month jail sentence. And the former starlet’s crime? Violating French laws against anyone’s private defamation, insulting or incitement against another person or group’s religion. As cited by John Fonte penned in Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? Bardot penned a letter in 1997 to Le Figaro complaining of the “foreign overpopulation” of France by Muslims. For voicing her opinion, the actress turned animal’s right activist was fined €1,500 (roughly $1,700).
In 1998, Bardot was brought up on charges insulting Muslims when she decried “the loss of French identity and tradition due to the ‘multiplication of mosques while our church bells fall silent for want of priests.’” She was again found guilty in 2000 she wrote in her book Pluto’s Square, “my country, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims.”
Released in 2003, A Cry in the Silence, Bardot yet again stood before a judge for her “generally associating Islam with the 9/11 terror attacks and denouncing the “Islamization of France” by people she described as ‘invaders.’ She also penned in her book: “Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own.”
Not content with convicting her in 2003, the French Republic tacked on a separate charge a year later of “inciting racial hatred” against Muslims. According to the Office of the Prosecutor of the city of Paris, Bardot’s complaint of her personally being “opposed the Islamisation of France” was worthy of a second charge. The fine for that infraction was €5,000 (approximately $5,700).