Company Fined for Nude Bruni Handbags

Bag maker must pay $58K
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 9:11 AM CST
Company Fined for Nude Bruni Handbags
Pope Benedict XVI, left, and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, gesture after their meeting at the Elysee Palace on Sept. 12, 2008, as French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, center, looks on.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A company has been fined more than $58,000 for using the naked image of France's first lady without her permission, the BBC reports. A court on Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, says canvas bags made by Pardon! violated Carla Bruni's rights to her own image. The bags feature a 1993 image of Bruni and the words: "My boyfriend should have bought me Pardon." Damages will go to charity.
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