French Kiss and Tell – are attitudes changing?

28 05 2010

French privacy law is well known to provide strong protection against media intrusion, even for celebrities behaving badly.  We have discussed the outlines of the law in an earlier post.   “Public interest” considerations in general do not justify the disclosure of “private misbehaviour”.  The French law of privacy is seen by some as a more appropriate way in which to deal with the balance between privacy and freedom of expression.  At the Gray’s Inn forum on “Gagging the Media” earlier this year (see our post here) playwright  Tom Stoppard described Bénédicte Paviot’s account of the privacy position in France as “sounding like civilisation”. Read the rest of this entry »