Sarkozy’s daughter-in-law sues over wedding photos

18th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The new daughter-in-law of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is suing two magazines for publishing unauthorised photos of her wedding to Jean Sarkozy last week.

18 September 2008

PARIS -- The new daughter-in-law of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is suing two magazines for publishing "stolen" photos of her wedding to the president's son Jean last week, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Jean Sarkozy, 22, exchanged vows with Jessica Sebaoun, the heir to a French retailing fortune, in a civil ceremony in his father's political fiefdom of Neuilly-sur-Seine west of Paris last Wednesday.

Sebaoun's lawyer Bruno Illouz said the glossy magazines Voici and VSD had been issued court summons for violating the couple's private life by printing unauthorised pictures of the wedding ceremony and reception.

"This was a private ceremony, and the pictures were never intended for publication," he said.

The couple are seeking EUR 30,000 in damages from Voici, which they plan to donate to charity, Illouz said. He did not say how much they would seek from VSD.

No trial date has yet been set, he said, adding that Sebaoun planned to take similar action against other titles.

Sebaoun is a member of the Darty family that in 1957 founded the eponymous nationwide chain of big-box home appliance stores, now owned by Britain's KESA Electricals group.

Jean Sarkozy, a Sorbonne law student who sports blond shoulder-length hair, is already an elected politician in the Hauts-de-Seine regional council west of Paris where he leads the right-wing majority.

The president's son is the cover interview in a glossy French style magazine in September.

Sarkozy has two sons from his first marriage, Jean and Pierre, 23, and a third son, 11-year-old Louis, from his second marriage to Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz whom he divorced in 2007.

[AFP / Expatica]

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