Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Trash collection goes high tech

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users react to escalating violence in Gaza

Read more

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

  • Major differences remain as deadline looms in Iran nuclear talks

    Read more

  • Live: Germany take on Argentina, Messi and World Cup history

    Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • Germany’s Tony Martin wins ninth stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French military to extend Mali 'counterterrorism' operations into Sahel

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Boko Haram claims Nigeria attacks and supports Iraqi militants

    Read more

  • Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘an homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

    Read more

  • Shells land in Russia as eastern Ukrainians flee fighting

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new leadership

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

OK to stick pins in Sarkozy doll, court rules

©

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-10-29

A French court rejected President Nicolas Sarkozy's demand for a ban on a Sarkozy voodoo doll that caused widespread mirth across the country. The court ruled that the doll was "within authorized boundaries of freedom of expression".

A French court on Wednesday dismissed a much-mocked attempt by President Nicolas Sarkozy to have a comedy voodoo doll bearing his image banned from sale.
   
Earlier this month, the French leader lodged a complaint against the doll, which is on sale in a kit containing needles to spear it with and a satirical biography, immediately boosting sales of the item.
   
It was the president's sixth lawsuit since he was elected last year and caused widespread mirth in France, generating acres of free publicity for the doll and cheering his political opponents.
   
"I have a sense of humour," said Segolene Royal, Sarkozy's Socialist opponent in last year's election, when asked if she planned to take action against her own voodoo doll, which is sold alongside Sarkozy's.
   
For his part, the judge at the high court in Paris ruled that the doll falls within "the authorised limits of free expression and the right to humour."
 

Date created : 2008-10-29

Comments

COMMENT(S)