FRANCE

Baywatch star ruffles French feathers

Pamela Anderson- une actrice engagée contre le foie gras.
Pamela Anderson- une actrice engagée contre le foie gras. (AP / JPP)

Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson sent feathers flying in the French parliament on Tuesday when she turned up to support a ban on force-feeding ducks and geese to make foie gras.

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The 48-year-old one-time Playboy model was invited to parliament by a member of the green EELV party, which wants to introduce a draft law to ban the practice.

Anderson appealed to lawmakers to abolish force-feeding, saying that "foie gras is not a healthy product."

She also ruffled feathers by arguing that it has no place in a civilised society.

“These ducks did not have a single day of happiness in their short lives," she said.

The appearance of the Canadian-born actress, now an animal rights activist, caused a rare commotion in the assembly

Ushers had to call police to control photographers and cameramen crowding the entrance to the small room hosting her press conference.

However to many lawmakers and foie gras producers, Anderson's presence was a political stunt that has not gone down well.

"Pamela Anderson's visit gets on my nerves and I am fed up with it," said a spokesman for the ruling Socialists Hugues Fourage, in an apparently deliberate pun.

"It is political theatre."

The Hunting, Fishing, Nature and Traditions (CPNT) movement slammed the ecologist deputy who invited her, Laurence Abeille, saying she "preferred turkeys stuffed with silicon to good geese stuffed with maize from (the regions) Landes and Perigord."

 

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