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Brangelina’s Move To France? French Law Against Paparazzi!

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

Filed under: Angelina Jolie

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Russell & Charlie Visit The Tim Olsen Gallery

Russell & Charlie Visit The Tim Olsen Gallery

Russell Crowe makes sure his 4-year-old son Charlie learns about the arts. The father son duo visited the Tim Olsen Gallery in Woolarah today.

Photos: Pacific Coast News

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Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban @ The Gym

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban @ The Gym

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban head to the gym in Nashville, Tennessee yesterday. Nicole has been working out throughout her pregnancy, which is a big plus for her and the baby.

The couple expect their first child in July.

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Minnie & Friend Get Ice Cream

Minnie & Friend Get Ice Cream

Minnie Driver and a friend kept cool by getting some ice cream in the West Village today. Minnie looks great and is really staring to pop! She’s due with her first baby in August.

Photos: Pacific Coast News

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Ryan Shawhughes Takes Nina For A Walk

Ryan Shawhughes Takes Nina For A Walk

Ryan Shawhughes was spotted walking her boyfriend Ethan Hawke’s dog, Nina in NYC on Monday. Ryan and Ethan are expecting their first child together — no due date has been announced.

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Peter Andre Is Looking Forward To Father’s Day

For those who don’t know, Harvey is blind and has a condition called Septo-optic dysplasia meaning his optic nerve hasn’t developed properly.

On Harvey’s disabilities: “I am really proud of the boy Harvey has become. He is so polite. I find his tantrums more difficult than Kate does. She really is amazing with him. I guess she had to be from the beginning because that’s all she knew. Junior and Princess adore him, but we have to be careful because when he has a tantrum it isn’t like the average child’s tantrum.”

Plans for Father’s Day: “I am working for part of it, but we’ll have a picnic in the garden together.”

Katie’s relationship with Junior now after having postnatal depression: “It’s great. She adores him and he loves her to bits. She spoils him rotten. And whenever we’re not with her, Junior always asks, ‘Where’s my mummy?’.”

On plans to adopt: “Kate would adopt tomorrow if I agreed, but I want to have all the children we can first and then it’s definitely something we want to look into.”

Source: New! Magazine – Issue 268 – June 16 2008 – Pg 42-43

Filed under: Katie Jordan Price,Princess Tiaamii

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