Lover sues French TV star for using her letters in novel

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A French celebrity TV news anchor, accused this month of plagiarism in his new biography of Ernest Hemingway, now faces trial for allegedly using his ex-lover's letters in a novel, a report said Tuesday.

Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, a household name in France for the past three decades, is being sued by Agathe Borne for violation of privacy and plagiarism for using her letters in a 2009 novel he penned, L'Express magazine reported.

PPDA, as he is popularly known here, was accused in early January of lifting around 100 pages from a previous biography of Hemingway and passing them off as his own in his new biography of the late US novelist.

Poivre d'Arvor, who denies copying the extracts, was exposed in 1991 for using press conference footage and, interposing his own questions, pretending it was his own "exclusive" interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

PPDA also got a suspended prison term and large fine in the 1990s for receiving the proceeds of embezzled funds.

He presented the evening news on France's main private channel TF1 from the mid-1980s until 2008 and is also a best-selling author.

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