Marianne Yet Lives

Whoever it was who selected Brigitte Bardot as the physical representation of Marianne chose better than they knew.

The former screen siren is in trouble again for “inciting racial hatred”. This will be the fifth time she has been up before a judge for the same crime. This time she merely repeated her view that Islam is “destroying our country and imposing its acts”. Maybe it sounds more Wagnerian and scary in the original French.

Prosecutor of the case Anne de Fonette for one is not in the mood for leniency. “I am a little tired of prosecuting Mrs. Bardot” she testily informed the court and has signalled that she will be seeking a tougher sentence than before. Last time it was a 5,000 euro fine; this time round she aiming for €15,000 and a two month suspended sentence.