Jan. 7 - Animal rights activist and former screen goddess Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit her native France by asking for a Russian passport, days after actor Gerard Depardieu was granted citizenship by President Vladimir Putin. Matthew Stock reports.
Screen icon turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to abandon her native France, and ask for a Russian passport. The veteran animal rights campaigner - seen here at a Paris anti-fur march in 1994 - says she will leave France over the treatment of two circus elephants. The animals, named Baby and Nepal, face a court order to be put down over fears they carry tuberculosis. In a scathing statement, Bardot says France has become an "animal cemetery". The elephants owners plan to appeal to save the pair, which are being kept in a zoo away from the public. Bardot's threat comes after fellow actor Gerard Depardieu became a Russian citizen, in protest at high tax rates proposed by France's Socialist government.