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Magazine that revealed Hollande affair fined for snaps of minister

Published on Jan 25, 2014 7:50 AM
 
The French magazine that reported President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress has been fined for breach of privacy in a separate case brought by France's culture minister, a lawyer said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The French magazine that reported President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress has been fined for breach of privacy in a separate case brought by France's culture minister, a lawyer said on Friday.

A court has ordered Closer to pay Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti 2,500 euros (S$3,502) for publishing photos of her in a swimsuit while on vacation a year ago on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, the minister's lawyer told AFP.

Ms Filippetti had asked for 50,000 euros in damages over the spread, which Closer argued was newsworthy because Mr Hollande at the time had ordered his ministers to stay close and in contact over the Christmas vacation.

The court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre ruled against the minister in a similar lawsuit against another magazine, Voici, which had printed photos of her wearing a dress on the same tropical island.

 
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