SAINT-DENIS, Reunion – A French court has ordered a clothing firm to pay $56,200 in damages for distributing bags bearing a nude image of France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
The photo dates from Bruni-Sarkozy's modeling days. She was seeking $182,600 in damages from clothing vendor Pardon, which distributed the bags to its clients.
Pardon says it will appeal Thursday's ruling, handed down by a court on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, where the company is based. The firm also is promising to destroy the 5,500 Bruni bags it has left.
The court ruled that Pardon violated Bruni-Sarkozy's ownership rights to her own image. Her lawyers have said that she would donate any damages to charity.
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