The French Tribunal of Nanterre’s Enforcement of the Royal Family’s Right to Privacy – Julie de Lassus Saint-Geniès

1 12 2017

On Tuesday 5 September 2017, the criminal Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nanterre, Paris, ruled that France’s Closer magazine, Laurence Pieau (its editorial director) and Ernesto Mauri (the chief executive of its publisher, the Mondadori group) had gravely infringed Prince William and Princess Catherine’s right to privacy and family life when they published topless photographs of the Duchess during their holiday in the South of France in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Giesbert v France, Sanctions for publishing prosecution statements, no violation of Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

2 06 2017

In the case of Giesbert v France ([2017] ECHR 504, 1 June 2017)(French only) the Fifth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that Court orders made against the magazine, Le Point, sanctioning the publication of criminal court documents in the high profile “Bettancourt” case did not violate Article 10 of the Convention. Read the rest of this entry »





The French Court Case That Threatens to Bring the “Right to be Forgotten” Everywhere – Nani Jansen Reventlow

27 04 2017

A court case in France might drastically change what information individuals can access online. The case is pending before the French Council of State—France’s highest court—and concerns a “right to be forgotten” dispute between Google and the French data protection authority, CNIL. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection and Intermediary liability: how do the French do it? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

24 04 2017

While the scope of intermediary liability exemptions is being discussed in several places around Europe (and beyond), it is interesting to go back to the Overblog legal saga, which a few years ago had been described by some as pre-announcing other popular sagas, such as the infamous Google Spain case (discussed in a previous post here). Read the rest of this entry »





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 »