'Broke' French actress Beatrice Dalle backs yellow vests

Beatrice Dalle wearing a yellow vest in a photo from her Instagram account.
Beatrice Dalle wearing a yellow vest in a photo from her Instagram account.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM
Jerome Rodrigues (left) and Eric Drouet (right), two of the leading figures of the "yellow vests" movement, hold a press conference on Jan 30, 2019, in Paris with activist Antonio (centre), who claims he was badly injured by a GLI-F4 tear gas and stu
Jerome Rodrigues (left) and Eric Drouet (right), two of the leading figures of the "yellow vests" movement, hold a press conference on Jan 30, 2019, in Paris with activist Antonio (centre), who claims he was badly injured by a GLI-F4 tear gas and stun grenade.PHOTOS: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French actress Beatrice Dalle has thrown her weight behind the "yellow vest" protest movement, saying she finds it hard to make ends meet herself.

The cult star who was catapulted to fame by the 1986 film Betty Blue told French television that she fully supports the anti-government protests after she appeared on social media wearing a high-visibility vest.

"I have less than €1,700 (S$2,600) in my bank account, I don't have a car nor an apartment and I live at a friend's place," said the outspoken 54-year-old.

The French yellow vest protests began as a revolt over a hike in fuel prices in November but have since morphed into a populist movement against the Parisian elite and a perceived fall in living standards.

Dalle took to Instagram to support the protesters earlier this month, writing, "Up the yellow vests. Sending armoured cars as a response to the tears of the street? Shame on this government of poshos."

The actress said she too knows how difficult it was to get by on low wages.

"I do (small) independent films and subsidised theatre and I never have any money. I am not complaining compared to people who are really suffering. I am skint but I have a job that I love."

 
 
 

And she took a swipe at fellow French actresses such as Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Melanie Laurent who are vocal about the environment.

"I come from a very poor family and we weren't well enough off to be green. When you have to worry about how you are going to eat until the end of the month, it is not your preoccupation," Dalle said.

Nor does she have much sympathy with Marie Antoinette, the queen who lost her head during the French revolution.

"S***w Marie Antoinette," she told the TV programme. "She is the only French queen who didn't do anything for the poor."

Dalle, who stars in the hit French television series Call My Agent!, recently reunited on stage in a new version of The Elephant Man with her former partner, rapper Joey Starr, a man infamous for punching a monkey on a TV show.