Who can blame Brangelina for setting up home in the south of France? The Mediterranean Sea, the vineyards and of course the large estates with moats, southern France seems to have it all. Apparently, there’s even more to this world-class holiday hot-spot than meets the eye. French law is tough on paparazzi, especially when it comes to taking pictures of children.
Monaco’s royal family made $681,120 through lawsuits in France in 2006, the newspaper Le Figaro has reported. French magazines are regularly ordered to splash “mea culpa” notices across their covers,
“This country is medieval in terms of its legislation about printing information about celebrities,” said Loic Sellin, editor of glossy Voici magazine. “It’s shameful. Absolutely everything can be considered an attack on someone’s private life.”
The lines are blurry, but there’s general agreement on the need to shield children from the paparazzi. In order to avoid lawsuits, magazines regularly blur out the faces of celebrities’ children or simply not publish the photos at all.
The four Jolie-Pitt children – Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, & Shiloh, 2 – are an exception to this French law, simply because they have been seen out in public so often. However, if any magazines were to obtain snapshots of Jolie and her yet-unborn (?) twins, French lawyers say they would counsel them to blur the babies’ faces in most cases,
“Let’s say she went to the French Open with her children, I would say, ‘she’s out in public and knows she’ll be seen, there’s no reason to ban the photo,'” said lawyer Daphne Juster. “But if she’s strolling in the park in sunglasses, minding her own business, she could say, ‘I tried to be discreet, this is not part of my public life,’ and can sue.”
Emmanuel Pierrat, who defends both sides of the story, said he might urge magazines to run photos of the babies snuggling up against their mother, or turned away from the camera, without their faces showing. Of course, he says, “some would take the risk anyway.”
There is an obvious added incentive for Jolie and Pitt to sue should the French pap’s get an ‘illegal’ snap of the twins: The couple sold exclusive photos of Shiloh to People magazine for a reported $4 million and donated the money to charity, a practice they’re likely to duplicate, with rumors brewing of a bidding war close to $10 million this time around.
Source: AP News
Photo: INFdaily, May 15