Pamela Anderson visit to French parliament causes a stir

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Some MPs expressed disquiet at presence of the US actress and animal rights campaigner to back legislation outlawing foie gras production.

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Actress Pamela Anderson, best known for her role as C.J. Parker in the hit 1990’s TV show ‘Baywatch’, will attend a session of France’s National Assembly on Tuesday to support a bill against the force-feeding of animals to produce foie gras, reports FRANCE 24.

Anderson, who heads a foundation dedicated to animal and environmental rights, was invited to the National Assembly by the bill’s author, Green Party lawmaker Laurence Abeille.

“She’s someone who’s very engaged in the protection of animals,” Abeille’s team told BFMTV. “We’ve never worked with her personally, we don’t know her, but it’s important to have media support.”

Foie gras, a French delicacy, is traditionally made by force-feeding ducks or geese to fatten their livers. Animal rights activists have argued that the practice is cruel to animals, and should be banned.

Anderson’s presence at the National Assembly has already created a stir among lawmakers, some of whom disparaged the idea of having a celebrity in their midst.

“It’s going to be a bazaar at the National Assembly!” lawmaker Véronique Massonneau, of the Green Party, told France Bleu radio. “It’s too bad if we now need celebrities to fill the room.”

Socialist lawmaker Jean-Michel Clément echoed Massonneau’s comments.

“I’m totally indifferent to her. For me, she represents everything I dislike, the superficial… [Her presence] does not do honour to the institution I have the privilege of holding a seat in,” he said, also on France Bleu.

In addition to her foundation, Anderson is also an active member of the animal rights group PETA, for which she stripped down in a sultry 2014 campaign video titled La Chienne.

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.

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