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Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz, formerly Sarkozy has won provisional damages of €30,000 or £22,321 from French magazine Closer. The magazine was found guilty of violating the former wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy’s right to privacy. Closer had published pictures of Cecilia and Carla Bruni, the presidents’ girlfriend, side by side, both in black bikini’s, clearly comparing the two.
Ms Ciganer-Albeniz seems to be having a real battle at the moment as she attempts to protect and manage her image and personal brand. Earlier in January, three books about the former First Lady were due to be published, and in a bid to block one of them, ‘Cecilia’ by Anna Bitton, a French judge ruled against her.
The price to pay for being in the public eye has risen considerably over recent years. The social trend of an insatiable thirst for public humiliation, dirty laundry and general infamy is beyond reason. I can appreciate that we would like to know more about the characters behind the ‘brands’, however, it should stop long before the intent is purely malicious. I think that we are all fed up with this type of rubbish.