A French criminal court has awarded the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge €103,000 damages after ruling that the publication of long-lens images of the couple in 2012 constituted a breach of their privacy.
France's Closer Magazine was ordered to pay €100,000 for publishing topless photos, while regional newspaper La Provence was ordered to pay €3,000 for printing images of the Duchess in her swimwear. The Chief Executive of Mondadori (the publisher of France's Closer magazine) and editor were each ordered to pay the maximum fine of €45,000.
Although France is renowned for its strict privacy laws, not all damages are as high as those awarded in this case. Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of Francois Hollande, was awarded only €10,000 for claims made about her extra-marital affairs, while actress Julie Gayet, also linked to Hollande, was awarded €15,000. By comparison the photographs published of Ms Gayet were far less intrusive than the topless photographs published by Closer, which will partially account for the difference in the awards.
The court awarded the royal couple €100,000 in damages and interests, and ordered the editor and the owner of the glossy magazine Closer to pay the maximum fine of €45,000 each.