And Bardot is fined, 15,000 Euros, for speaking her mind.
Mark Steyn isn't the only person in a supposedly liberal western country on trial for the crime of having an opinion and not being afraid to state it. Brigitte Bardot, who in better times was considered a symbol of France, has just been successfully prosecuted for the crime of writing then French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy in 2006 to urge that French Muslims be required to stun animals before slaughtering them (as apparently everyone else in France is required to do). So far as we can tell Ms. Bardot, who is now 73, may have some bad opinions about French Muslims, but her main concern is prevention of animal cruelty.
That Ms. Bardot can pay the fine is immaterial. She's been prosecuted and found guilty for the crime of expressing her opinion in an attempt to petition her own government. Unbelievable.
Previous blogging about this, and a sweet picture of Ms. Bardot in earlier days, can be found here.