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This Happened — September 28: Brigitte Bardot Born

On this day in 1934, French actress and iconic sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was born.

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Who is Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and animal rights activist. She gained international fame in the 1950s and 1960s for her beauty, talent, and iconic image. Bardot starred in numerous films, some of the most famous include "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Contempt" (1963), "Viva Maria!" (1965), and "A Very Private Affair" (1962). She was known for her sensuality and unique screen presence.

What is Brigitte Bardot's impact on fashion and beauty?

Brigitte Bardot's style and appearance made a significant impact on fashion and beauty trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Her signature hairstyle, cat-eye makeup, and figure-hugging clothing inspired a generation of women.

When did Brigitte Bardot retire from acting?

Brigitte Bardot officially retired from acting in 1973 after appearing in the film "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She chose to focus on her personal life and later became an animal rights activist.

What is Brigitte Bardot's legacy?

Brigitte Bardot's legacy is multifaceted. She is remembered for her contribution to film and fashion, her iconic beauty, and her impact on popular culture. Additionally, her dedication to animal rights activism has left a lasting impact on global efforts to protect and promote the welfare of animals. However, Bardot has also faced criticism for supporting far-right political parties and making xenophobic comments on Islam and immigration.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Israel's Choice Right Now: Halt "Collective Punishment" Or Lose U.S. Support

As fighting has resumed and intensified in the southern area of the Palestinian territory, more and more criticism builds from around the world. How much longer can Israel fight this war for if it loses the support of even its most steadfast allies?

Photograph of Palestinians carry an injured man following the Israeli bombing on Khan Yunis. They are surrounded by people and photographers.

December 1, 2023, Khan Yunis, Gaza: Palestinians carry an injured man following the Israeli bombing on Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza

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PARIS — Can Israel wage its war in Gaza without caring about the opinion of its allies?

Since fighting resumed in the Palestinian territory on Friday, serious disagreements have emerged with the United States and, to a lesser extent, with France. It is the disagreements with the U.S. that carry significant consequences: Washington plays a vital role in this conflict by supplying weapons and deploying a considerable military apparatus to deter the regional expansion of the confrontation.

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This weekend, both Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Vice President Kamala Harris expressed serious reservations about how Israel is conducting its operations. The issue at hand is the massive aerial strikes on densely populated areas, resulting in a considerable number of civilian casualties.

These criticisms came after Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel last week on the eve of the resumption of hostilities, urging Benjamin Netanyahu to change to a strategy that better protects civilians. Israel chose not to heed this advice, resulting in the current diplomatic tensions.

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