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Au revoir to Bardot curves

The city council of Marly-le-Roi, a suburb west of Paris, voted unanimously to remove a bust of Marianne - symbol of the French republic - because it was modelled after the former actress Brigitte Bardot.

In a her memoirs, published this autumn, Bardot referred to the extreme right-wing National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen as a "very fine man".

"Brigitte Bardot was chosen as the model because she had generous curves," Marly Mayor Francois-Henri de Virieu said. "Today, she has ideas that we don't find generous." AP - Marly-le-Roi