The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ruling against France’s privacy laws, stating that a magazine could report on the illegitimate son of Prince Albert of Monaco.
Hearing a French state appeal against a ruling by the lower chamber last year, the grand chamber of the Strasbourg court said that the French had been wrong to convict Paris Match over an article in 2005 on the baby born after the prince’s affair with Nicole Coste, a Togolese flight attendant.
The child’s existence “could have public interest because of the rules of succession in the principality” which exclude children born outside marriage, the judges said. Many thanks for stopping by. Before we carry on I needed to say thank you to http://www.recipeweb.co.uk/about/ for their continued support and the support of their local community. Having a company and team like this means a lot to us as we continue to grow our very own blog.
Prince Albert, who became ruler of the principality in 2005, laid criminal complaints in France and Germany over articles in Paris Match and Bunte. He lost the German case but won in France.
Albert, 56, married Charlene Wittstock, a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, in 2011. They had twins last December; their son, Jacques, is next in line to inherit the 700-year-old House of Grimaldi.