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President Sarkozy’s Feeling The Pain!

October 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

President SarkozyIn 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 Sarkozy Voodoo Dollcaricatures 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?!

Photo Credits:  Flickr

Tags: Entertainment · In The News · Paris - Paname · Political Parlance

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick // Nov 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Don’t you think that your image is your proprety? After all it’s the representation of your body and your body belongs to you. It’s interesting that in France you can be sued if you publish a picture of a person without his or her permission, but it’s ok to make little dolls of the president and stick needles in it. Where is the logic?

    The french say ” Freedom stops where the freedom of others start.” Which means you have the liberty to do what you want as long you don’t interfere with the liberty of others.

    So French justice should practice what it preaches.

  • 2 Lynn // Nov 2, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I see both sides. In the States you can’t take someone’s likeness (a celebrity for instance) and sell it for profit without their permission or else you’re going to get sued. Then again, companies manufacture Halloween costumes in the likeness of presidents and presidential candidates and sell those for a profit without their permission, so go figure. There really is a fine line between what you can do and what you can’t.

    I think if Sarkozy had taken the doll in stride like Ségolène Royal, people would have paid much less attention to it. Instead, by suing he has added fuel to the fire!

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