Veteran film actress and animal rights activist, Brigitte Bardot, has sparked outrage in the French island of Reunion when she called the islanders “savages.”

In a letter sent to the prefect of Reunion, Amaury de Saint-Quentin, Bardot describes the islanders as “aboriginals who have kept the genes of savages,” attacking the islanders for their treatment of animals.

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The 84-year-old, who’s been convicted five times previously for inciting racial hatred – mostly at Muslims – was taking aim at Reunion’s Hindu Tamil population and their sacrifice of goats.

Bardot called out the Tamil festivals in particular, claiming that they “decapitate goats and offer them to their gods, then throw their entrails into the sea which attracts sharks.”

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Bardot’s comments have caused outrage online; Reunion officials have even filed a lawsuit against her.

“Ordinary racism has no place in the exchange of opinions,” said France’s Minister of Overseas Territories Annick Girardin, who added her name on the island’s complaint against Bardot.