In case you haven’t heard, the verdict came down in a French court today in favor of the publishing company K&B which gives them the right to continue selling voodoo dolls of the president! Sarkozy’s lawyer Maître Herzog was asking for the dolls to be immediately removed from the market, along with a 1000€ fine per doll sold.
The company selling the dolls used the French president’s own words as part of their defence. Last year when an Islamic organization (UOIF) sued Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical illustration weekly, concerning controversial caricatures of Mohammed, President Sarkozy wrote to the French magazine stating, he preferred too many caricatures than no caricatures at all.
The court concluded today that the unauthorized image of the French head of State was not a personal attack, nor an attack of human dignity; rather it fell under the freedom of expression and a right to humour!
Maya Muses: Ah,… President Sarkozy may very well be feeling the pain this evening, not only because his fellow citizens can continue sticking those pins into him all they want! But!…. could he also be feeling a little pinch to his pride?!
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