Paris Match punished for piercing prince's privacy

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MONACO, Nov 30 (AFP) - The publisher of the French celebrity magazine Paris Match has been ordered to pay EUR 50,000 damages to Prince Albert II of Monaco for revealing he had an illegitimate son, a court source said Wednesday.

MONACO, Nov 30 (AFP) - The publisher of the French celebrity magazine Paris Match has been ordered to pay EUR 50,000 damages to Prince Albert II of Monaco for revealing he had an illegitimate son, a court source said Wednesday.

The November 24 judgement by a French appeals court, a copy of which AFP has obtained, orders the magazine's publishers Hachette Filipacchi to pay EUR 50,000 euros damages and EUR 5,000 for court costs.

The Versailles court also ordered the magazine to publish the court's decision in red letters across a white band covering at least one-third of the magazine's front cover.

The decision confirmed a lower court ruling on June 29 against the publishers for violations of French law regarding privacy and the prince's legal rights concerning ownership and distribution of photographs.

In an article published in May, former air hostess Nicole Coste revealed that Prince Albert was the father of her then 22-month old son, Alexandre, who featured in several photographs.

Prince Albert, a 47-year-old bachelor, publicly recognised the child as his son on July 6.

A month later he officially became the reigning monarch of the two-square-kilometer principality on the French Mediterranean coast, following the death of his father Prince Rainier III on April 6.

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Subject: French news

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