French muse Brigitte Bardot has been convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.
Ms. Bardot, 73, reportedly sent a letter in 2006 to the then Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, writing that France is "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts."
The actress, who is a passionate animal rights activist, was referring to the Muslim feast of Aid el-Kebir, celebrated by slaughtering sheep.
But, the country’s anti-racism laws forbid individuals from inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious grounds and a lawsuit was filed against her by the anti-racism group, MRAP.
Ms. Bardot was ordered to pay a $23,325 fine and $1,555 in damages to MRAP. This is her fourth time being convicted of inciting racial hatred since she has previously been fined for making comments against the growth of Mosques in France, against Muslims, and against the same Muslin holiday in her book, Le Carre de Pluton.
Her lawyer, Francois-Xavier Kelidjian, said, "She is tired of this type of proceedings. She has the impression that people want to silence her. She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights."