Baku – APA. First Gérard Depardieu, now French actress Brigitte Bardot has threatened to apply for Russian nationality, but for an altogether different reason, RFI reported.
Bardot says she would carry out the threat if French authorities do not reverse a decision to euthanise two sick elephants at a zoo in Lyon.
“If those in power have the cowardice and insolence to kill the two elephants Baby and Népal…I have decided to ask for Russian nationality in order to flee this country, which is now just an animal cemetery,” she said in a statement posted on the website of her foundation, an animal rights group.
Her announcement came a day after fellow actor Depardieu was granted Russian citizenship in an on-going tax row with the French government.
Reaction to Bardot’s decision was swift on social media networks.
“I’m not convinced they are less cruel to animals in Russia compared to France,” one tweet said.
“Vladimir Putin gives psychiatric asylum to Depardieu and Bardot,” another wrote.
"Dear McDonald's: give me more mayonnaise and ketchup, or I will demand Russian nationality," another tweet said.