Former French actor and animal activist Brigitte Bardot went on trial in a Paris courtroom charged with inciting racial hatred over remarks made in a letter to French president Nicolas Sarkozy in December 2006 regarding the Muslim festival of Aïd el-Kebir and the slaughter of sheep. Bardot wrote, I am fed up with being under the thumb of a population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts. The letter was later published by Bardot’s foundation. This is the fifth time Bardot has been charged with inciting racial hatred since 1997. 73 year-old Bardot did not attend the court in person, claiming she was physically unwell. She may receive a fine of 15.000 Euros and a two-month prison sentence. The decision will be rendered on June 3rd.

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