French magazine ordered to pay damages to Cecilia Sarkozy
French magazine Closer was to pay 30,000 euros in damages to President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia for publishing photos of her in a swimsuit
PARIS, January 29, 2008 - French magazine Closer was ordered Monday to
pay 30,000 euros (44,350 dollars) in damages to President Nicolas Sarkozy's
ex-wife Cecilia for publishing photos of her in a swimsuit, a lawyer said.
A court in Nanterre outside Paris found magazine editors Mondadori guilty
of violating Cecilia's right to privacy when it ran photos of the former first
lady alongside those of Carla Bruni, the president's new girlfriend.
One of Cecilia's lawyers, Michele Cahen, welcomed the court ruling as "a
very fair decision" and said the pictures "were revealing of malicious intent"
toward Sarkozy's former wife, whose divorce from the president was announced
Placing the photos of the bikini-clad women side by side was "awful. It's
as if they were comparing goods," Cahen said.
Cecilia Sarkozy, who was married to the president for 11 years, was awarded
30,000 euros as a provisional measure pending the outcome of further hearings
into the matter, according to the lawyer. She now goes by the name Cecilia
The former first lady is seeking a total of 250,000 euros in damages from