Former actress turned animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot has asked France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, to convince her husband to ban bull-fighting.

The 1960s blonde bombshell asked Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, in a letter, to get behind her campaign and sway President Nicolas Sarkozy on the issue.

She wrote “Could you convince your husband to ban bullfights, this atrocious spectacle of death, by telling him ‘someone told me France must no longer allow the death of a tortured animal’?”

The letter thanked former supermodel Bruni-Sarkozy for taking a public stance against wearing fur.
carla-bruni01Bruni-Sarkozy wrote to PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) last month assuring the organisation that she would never buy, wear or own fur.
“I can’t tell you how important this stance is in the struggle I have pursued for so many years,” Bardot wrote.

The 74-year-old retired from showbusiness 30 years ago and has concentrated all her attention on animal welfare.

Bullfighting is a deep-rooted tradition in Southern France which involves bulls being ritually killed in a ring in front of an audience.
Bardot also wrote to Mr Sarkozy earlier in the year asking for a ban on seal products because of the cruelty involved in their manufacture.
Bardot’s glittering career saw her star in 48 films, numerous musical shows and record 80 songs. Highlights of which were the movies ‘And god created woman‘ and alongside Dirk Bogard in the classic British comedy ‘Doctor at Sea‘.

During the 1990s she became outspoken in her criticism of immigration, some aspects of homosexuality and Islam in France.
Bardot has been convicted five times for “inciting racial hatred”.

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