25 September 1962
|Education||University of Lyon
|Known for||Opposition to Same-sex marriage in France|
Frigide Barjot (pun on Brigitte Bardot) born Virginie Merle, born September 25, 1962, in Boulogne-Billancourt, is a French humorist, columnist and political activist. She has become prominent for her campaigns against same-sex marriage in France and LGBT adoption.
Born to a music teacher and a clinic-owner in Lyon, Jacques Merle, Virgine Merle studied Law at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris before joining the public relations office of the French gaullist political party: Rally for the Republic (RPR). She married Bruno Tellenne, alias Basile de Koch, Karl Zero's brother, a political speech-writer, most notably for Charles Pasqua. Together, they founded an organisation called Jalons which specialised in comedy happenings and pastiches of national magazines and newspapers. In 2013, she organised demonstrations in Paris against gay marriage and became a prominent campaigner against France's gay marriage law. She serves as the spokeswoman for Manif pour Tous.
Music and cinema
- Member of the band Dead Pompidou's.
- 2006, Make love to me with two fingers imitating Brigitte Bardot.
- Fabien Onteniente : 3 zéros (2002) and People (2004).
- J'élève mon mari, Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, 2001, ISBN 2-7096-2234-3
- J'éduque mes parents (avec Basile de Koch), Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, 2004
- Manuel de survie de la femme moderne
- Le manifeste foutiste : traité de sagesse à l'usage des petits et des glands (avec Basile de Koch), Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, 2000 ISBN 2-709-62125-8
- Confessions d'une catho branchée, Éditions Plon, 2011 ISBN 978-2-259-21307-3
- Touche pas à mon sexe, contre le « mariage » gay, Éditions Mordicus (fondée par Robert Ménard), 2013, ISBN 978-2-918-41459-9
- France debates gay marriage, Nytimes.com
- France's gay marriage fight, BBC.co.uk
- Mass Rally in Paris: France Agonizes Over Plan to Allow Gay Marriage, Spiegel.de
- Gay attack victim in France becomes cause celebre, as Senate debates same-sex marriage law, Washingtonpost.com Archived April 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.