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Movie Star Brigitte Bardot Fined

October 10, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ Brigitte Bardot was ordered to pay a symbolic franc _ 16 cents _ to the human rights group that sued her for comments she made about the ritual slaughter of sheep by Muslims.

A French appeals court on Thursday also fined Bardot $1,600 for inciting racial hatred, overturning an earlier ruling that favored the 63-year-old actress and animal rights campaigner.

The Movement Against Racism and for Friendship of People said the court ruling ``honors justice and dishonors the woman who was the symbol of a certain image of France.″

Bardot, who is married to a member of the anti-immigrant National Front, criticized the Eid al-Adha spring festival in the conservative daily Le Figaro in April 1996. She complained about ``foreign overpopulation″ and said the slaughter was ``torture, signs of the most atrocious pagan sacrifices.″

There was no immediate comment from Ms. Bardot. She could have been given a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of $60,000.

Eid al-Adha follows the Islamic fast of Ramadan, and many of France’s 3 million Muslims sacrifice a lamb in a rite of peace.

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