Brigitte Bardot, the Sixties sex symbol has announced she may run for president in France's next elections as the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, "took me for an imbecile" over animal rights pledges.

Miss Bardot, once a screen icon now an animal rights campaigner, said she had been asked by the Ecology Alliance party to run for president in 2012.

The party campaigns for animal rights and against the ritual slaughter of livestock by Muslims for halal meat.

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