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Friday 22 August 2014

Bardot threatens move to Russia

Published 04/01/2013 | 17:00

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Brigitte Bardot is threatening to go into Russian exile unless France halts plans to put down two sick circus elephants

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts plans to put down two sick circus elephants.

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The 1960s screen diva says authorities have ignored her "numerous proposals" to save Baby and Nepal, a pair of 42-year-old elephants dying of tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo.

In a statement on her foundation's website Bardot says that if the elephants are killed she will request Russian citizenship "to flee this country that is now just a graveyard for animals".

This week France was shocked to learn Depardieu, an Academy Award-winner and pillar of French cinema, had received Russian citizenship after he was called "pathetic" by France's prime minister in a bust-up over the country's proposed 75% income tax for the super-rich.

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