Intolerance: Princely Privacy Wins in Court

The publisher of the French celebrity magazine 'Paris Match' has been ordered to pay 50_000_EUR damages to Prince Albert-02 of Monaco for revealing he had an illegitimate son, a court source said. The 2005-11-24 judgement by a French appeals court orders the magazine's publishers 'Hachette Filipacchi' to pay 50_000_EUR damages and 5_000_EUR for court costs. The Versailles court also ordered the magazine to publish the court's decision in red letters across a white band covering at least one-third of the magazine's front cover. The decision confirmed a lower court ruling on 2005-06-29 against the publishers for violations of French law regarding privacy and the prince's legal rights concerning ownership and distribution of photographs. In an article published in 2005-05, former air hostess Ms.Nicole Coste revealed that Prince Albert was the father of her then 22-month old son, Alexandre, who featured in several photographs. Prince Albert, a 47-year-old bachelor, publicly recognised the child as his son on 2005-07-06. A month later he officially became the reigning monarch of the two-square-kilometre principality on the French Mediterranean coast, following the death of his father Prince Rainier-3 on 2005-04-06. 'Prince Albert awarded 59,000 dollars for Paris Match expose', Yahoo! News, 2005-11-30


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