FRANCE

Hollande's partner Valerie Trierweiler wins bikini photos fight

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 5:00am

Three French magazines have been fined for publishing photographs of President Francois Hollande's companion Valerie Trierweiler in a bikini which were taken when they were on a summer break.

The judge on Tuesday ordered Voici and Closer to pay €1,500 (HK$15,130) each in fines and damages. The other magazine Public was fined €1,000.

According to the magazines, Trierweiler had sought €20,000 to €25,000 for breach of privacy over the snaps taken when she and Hollande were holidaying in the Bregancon presidential retreat on a small island off the Mediterranean coast.

Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud however said Trierweiler "could not ignore that by bathing in a two-piece swimsuit on the beach of the official presidential retreat, she risked being photographed".

French glossy VSD was fined €2,000 last month over the same photographs.

Also last month, Closer created a storm by publishing photographs of British Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing topless. French legal authorities have since banned the magazine from any further distribution of the pictures.

A court also ordered the magazine to hand over the files with the images of the British royal couple, which the publication has done.

Disgraced ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend are also seeking damages from Closer and VSD, for publishing "stolen photographs" of them together.