Bardot Convicted for Muslim Comment

Thursday, June 15th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Thursday convicted French actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot of inciting ``discrimination, hatred or racial violence'' after she criticized a Muslim festival in which sheep are slaughtered.

Bardot also was fined $3,000 for a chapter in a book published in 1999 in which she lamented that ``my country, France, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims.''

In the book, ``Pluto's Square,'' she criticized the Muslim practice of killing sheep for Aid-el-Kebir, a Muslim celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Among People had filed the suit against Bardot.

Bardot was previously convicted for similar remarks made in 1996.