French acting legend Gerard Depardieu revealed he frequently turns to the Koran in search of "sensuality" in a book of reflections released on Thursday.

In "Monster", a look back at more than half a century on the stage and screen, the larger-than-life actor deplores what he calls a "lack of desire" in modern society.

But he finds what he is looking for in the Islamic holy book.

"In the description of Allah's paradise, there is a true vision of desire," he writes.

But in a reference to Islamic extremists using the Koran to justify their attacks, he stresses: "This has nothing to do with the image of paradise that half-wits who have never read the Koran have, thinking they'll be promised 72 virgins there."

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