French Actress Bardot Fined for Insulting Hunting Association
French actress Brigitte Bardot was sentenced on Tuesday to a fine of 5000 euros for insulting president Willy Schraen of the French national hunters association, public radio station France Bleu writes.
Bardot, 86, had been bathing in a blog post on her foundation’s website.
The animal activist called the hunters “inferior men with drunk faces”. She also wrote that hunters “carry the genes of cruel barbarians from our primitive ancestors”.
Schraen was called a “big-faced smug predator” in the post. The French Public Prosecution Service had demanded a fine of 6000 euros.
Prior to the trial, Bardot admitted that she had used ” little harsh words.” The actress often does not shy away from harsh words. In 2019, for example, she wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron.
In it, she said the French are “disgusted” that Macron is not doing anything for animal rights. She called an alleged lack of policy around these rights “an insult” and “an unbearable disregard for the struggle I have led for 47 years”.