In an open letter to Loren, Brigitte Bardot accused her acting contemporary of selling her name and her image 'to the most despicable of all advertising: promotion of furs'. It is, said Bardot, 'degrading, repugnant, lamentable and unworthy to accept money stained with the blood of animals'. Loren, added France's leading animal- rights campaigner, should boycott 'this abominable trade' and 'never forget that wearing a fur is wearing a cemetery on your back'.
Loren, on holiday, has not responded, but Annabella had warned her of possible protests.
ANOTHER prominent friend of animals, Paul McCartney, may end up with a furry face after returning a razor, shaving cream and other products to the Gillette company to protest against the use of animals in product testing.
In a letter to the company, the musician said he was sending back all Gillette products in his home and demanded a refund, which he said he would donate to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal-rights organisation.
'As a friend of animals, I am not only unsatisfied but outraged,' McCartney wrote. 'When Gillette modernises its testing practices and abolishes animal testing . . . I'll happily buy your products again.'
THE Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, has dropped a lawsuit against the weekly Nouvelle Observateur over last week's cover photograph showing him leaping over a turnstile on the Metro underground. The magazine apologised for using the photo and the words 'Cheaters in France' to illustrate the results of a poll. The picture had been taken 18 years ago, in the presence of Metro officials, 'as a joke'.
ANOTHER humbling experience for John McEnroe. The former tennis star and his McBand served up a rock performance that went over like a double fault. The band, performing Rolling Stones and Nirvana songs, got a lukewarm reception at a nightclub in Santa Margherita Ligure, the first stop on a two-week tour of Italy.
'In sports you can win or lose,' a philosophical McEnroe told La Repubblica. 'On stage it's different, because you can get results somewhere in the middle. I'm not afraid. This time I know I'm not the best.'