Case Law, France: X v Google France and Google Inc, Court orders “delisting” of story alleging links to a sex scandal

17 06 2016

0901_google_BIGIn the case of X v Google France and Google Inc (Judgment of 13 May 2016), the Tribunal de grand instance de Paris ordered Google Inc to remove a link to a URL of a blog accusing the applicant of being linked to a sex scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





France: Julie Gayet wins further privacy damages, but would she succeed in the UK? – Nathan Capone

18 10 2015

GayetActress Julie Gayet has won damages against two French magazines for breach of privacy after the magazines published photos taken with a long-lens of her and partner Francois Hollande at a private Versailles retreat. The tribunal de Nanterre ordered both magazines to pay the sum of €1,500 each to Ms Gayet. This case follows Gayet’s successful privacy claim against Closer magazine last year in respect of an article detailing her relationship with President Hollande. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: Leonardo DiCaprio v Oops! Magazine, Damages and order for publication of judicial findings over false “pregnancy” story

11 08 2015

Ooops LeonardoOn 27 July 2015, the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris awarded damages of €8,000 to the actor Leonardo DiCaprio for interference with his private life and his image rights. Oops! magazine was ordered to publish a statement summarising the decision on the front cover.  The judgment (DiCaprio v Oops!) is available in only in French. Read the rest of this entry »





What if the French constitutional judges had read the Davis Judgement? Would we be living in a better world? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

29 07 2015

1695732_3_5e5d_les-membres-du-conseil-constitutionnel_6ab46a8063cf3f19b9b4a0a2007b97d6The French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel) issued its decision n°2015-713 DC on the recently adopted Law on intelligence on 23 July 2015. Reading its decision after having read the Davis judgment of the English High Court, one wonders whether legal syllogism has suddenly been replaced by useless tautology. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, France: Julie Gayet v Closer, Privacy damages awarded against French tabloid – Alexia Bedat

28 03 2014

gayetThe tribunal de Nanterre ordered yesterday that Closer pay the French actress Julie Gayet €15,000 in damages for breach of privacy. The full judgment is available here in French. Read the rest of this entry »





Presidential affair: a close friend, a Closer enemy – Alexia Bedat

14 01 2014

Une-Closer-Hollande-GayetIt is no longer a rumour, just the truth. For the past six months, François Hollande has been meeting the actress, Julie Gayet, in her second home, nestled in a street adjacent to the Elysée.” So began the seven-page exclusive published by the notorious French tabloid Closer last Friday (10 January 2014). Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy: the French President, the Actress and the Public Interest

13 01 2014

Closer PhotoOn 10 January 2014, the French celebrity magazine Closer (which has on its masthead “les stars et les news people en live”) published a seven page special edition entitled “L’amour secret du President“. It claimed that French President, François Hollande, was having a secret affair with actor Julie Gayet.  Read the rest of this entry »