Brigitte Bardot Praises Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Leader
Being an international sex symbol does not make one a progressive. Brigitte Bardot, 80, has praised France’s far-right leader, Marine La Pen, as being a “modern-day Joan of Arc.”
In an interview with Paris Match magazine to mark the former sex symbol’s 80th birthday, Bardot says Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration National Front party, is the one person who could “save” France.
“I hope she saves France, she is the Joan of Arc of the 21st century,” Bardot told the magazine. “I am a native Frenchwoman and proud of it. I mourn the fact that my beautiful country has deteriorated in every way. It’s criminal to submit to these depths.”
Bardot has long championed the far-right party. The National Front has become more mainstream in recent years and has proved popular among French voters and challenging the two main parties, the UMP and the Socialists.