Spain ex-PM files defamation suit over Dati baby claim

9th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Jose Maria Aznar filed a lawsuit against an internet news site which reported in September that he was the father of French politician Rachida Dati's baby.

Madrid – Spain's former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar has filed a lawsuit against a Moroccan internet news site that claimed he was the father of French politician Rachida Dati's baby, a spokesman said Monday.

Moroccan newspaper Le Soir reported that Aznar had filed the defamation suit at a Madrid court against the L'Observateur website, which reported in September that he was the father of Dati's baby girl Zohra, born in January.

A spokesman for Aznar's Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES) confirmed a lawsuit had been filed recently but gave no further details.

In a statement issued in September he dismissed the report as a "total and complete falsehood" and said he had instructed his lawyers to take immediate legal action against anyone spreading false information about him.

Former French justice minister Dati, who has admitted she has a "complicated" private life, is single. Her refusal to name the child's father has triggered a whirl of media speculation about his identity.

In December a Spanish court ordered private Spanish television station Telecinco to pay EUR 240,000 in damages to Aznar and his wife for falsely announcing the couple's separation.

Aznar, 56, served as prime minister for two terms between 1996 and 2004 as the leader of the conservative Popular Party which is now in opposition. He has three grown-up children.

AFP / Expatica

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