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Brigitte Bardot calls Marine Le Pen 'modern Joan of Arc'
Former actress Brigitte Bardot says she hopes the far-right leader will be the saviour of France in a Paris-Match interview before her 80th birthday
Brigitte Bardot, the 1960s icon of liberated, bikini-clad French womanhood, has described the far-right leader Marine Le Pen as "the Joan of Arc of the 21st century" in an interview with Paris-Match.
The magazine published a topless photo of the former actress, taken in 1967 when she was 33, on its cover this week as she prepares to celebrate her 80th birthday in September.
"I am a native Frenchwoman and proud of it," Bardot said. "I mourn the fact that my beautiful country has deteriorated in every way. It's criminal to submit to these depths."
Now an animal rights activist, she is an outspoken supporter of Ms Le Pen's anti-immigration Front National party, which topped the vote in European elections earlier this year amid widespread discontent with the Socialist government over record unemployment and the stagnant economy.
"I hope she [Ms Le Pen] saves France. She is the Joan of Arc of the 21st century,"
Bardot said. Burned at the stake for heresy in 1431, Joan of Arc is a Roman Catholic saint, sometimes referred to as the "mother of the French nation".
Bardot was chosen in 1969 as the first model for images of Marianne, the female figure used as a national emblem of the French republic and displayed in many public buildings.
According to Paris-Match, Bardot "may not have changed the face of the world" but she did change "the way we live" with "her motto, 'liberty, equality, sensuality'".
She has often criticised Muslims and has supported Ms Le Pen's campaign to prevent schools from serving Halal meat.
She also spoke of her private life, saying she had taken delight in "loving passionately". Asked which of her lovers she had preferred, the thrice-married Bardot replied "the next one".
She said she wanted to be buried "alongside my animals" in the grounds of her villa in Saint-Tropez, where she hoped to find "the peace that has always been denied me during my lifetime".