The New President, His Wife and the Media: Pushing Away the Limits of Privacy Law's Protection in France?

Eva Steiner


French law has long recognised a free-standing right to privacy in respect of the private life of public figures and has very often been used by commentators to show how famous people in France, in particular politicians, were safe from intrusive journalists and photographers. However, it has recently been argued that French President Sarkozy’s passion for publicity, and the consequent intrusive journalism deriving from it, have both created a whole new world for the country’s laws on privacy. In the light of new case law, this article examines to what extent this assertion is true. In so doing, the author revisits and tries to clarify the wider question of the protection of politicians’ privacy in today’s France.



Cite as: Eva Steiner, The New President, His Wife and the Media: Pushing Away the Limits of Privacy Law's Protection in France?, vol 13.1 ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, (March 2009), <http://www.ejcl.org/131/art131-4.pdf>.

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