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French court tells website to remove 'Sarkoleaks' recordings

Published on Mar 14, 2014 10:53 PM
 
A file picture taken on May 26, 2011, shows French President Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy standing during the G-8 summit in Deauville, France. A French court on Friday ordered a news website to remove the recordings of secretly taped conversations involving Mr Sarkozy when he was president, in what has become known as the "Sarkoleaks" scandal. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A French court on Friday ordered a news website to remove the recordings of secretly taped conversations involving Mr Nicolas Sarkozy when he was president, in what has become known as the "Sarkoleaks" scandal.

Mr Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni, who is also heard in some of the private conversations, launched legal action last week after extracts of the tapes secretly recorded by the former leader's then political adviser Patrick Buisson were published on news site Atlantico.

A Paris court ruled that Atlantico - which has already removed recordings involving Bruni on the basis that the model and singer is not a politician - would have to get rid of other extracts still on the site. The website has said it will appeal the decision.

The court also sentenced Mr Buisson, a former historian and journalist and a self-styled royalist with links to the far right, to pay 20,000 euros (S$35,270) in damages to the couple.

 
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