French magazine rapped over photos of Socialist leader's new girlfriend

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

French magazine rapped over photos of Socialist's girlfriend

NANTERRE, France, Aug 28, 2007 (AFP) - The French magazine Closer on Tuesday was ordered to pay damages for publishing photos of Socialist leader Francois Hollande with a new girlfriend following his breakup with Segolene Royal.

A court in Nanterre outside Paris ordered the publishers of Closer, Mondadori magazines, to pay 15,000 euros (20,500 dollars) in damages to the woman in the case brought by Hollande for invasion of privacy.

The photographs showed the woman and Hollande embracing on a beach in Morocco during a recent vacation.

Royal, who was defeated by Nicolas Sarkozy in the May presidential election, announced in June that she had split from Hollande, her partner for more than 25 years and father of their four children.

Royal accused him of having an affair and said he was now free to pursue his love interest.

The magazine also stirred controversy last year when it published photographs of Royal in a bathing suit at the beach.

AFP

Subject: French news

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