Diana paparazzi convicted of invasion of privacy but must only pay nomimal damages

March 2006

Artists, broadcasters, press

Three paparazzi photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed leaving the Ritz Hotel and at the scene of the fatal car crash in Paris where the couple died must pay nominal damages of E1 each as well as the cost of advertisements announcing the verdict in newspapers. The French Appeals Court found that the couple’s privacy had been invaded on both occasions – at the hotel and at the scene of the crash. The convictions of Jacques Langevin, Christian Martinez and Fabrice Chassey, based on unpublished photographs, are thought to be very unusual in France.

The Telegraph, 23 February 2006

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