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French court orders removal of secret recordings of Sarkozy; ex-aide must pay 10K euros

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    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends the inauguration of the Foundation Claude Pompidou, Centre teaching and research on Alzheimer's disease, Monday, March 10, 2014. in Nice, southeastern France. The Foundation has focused on facilities designed for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife Carla Bruni are asking a judge for an emergency injunction Monday March 10, 2014, barring any publication of private conversations secretly recorded by former aide Patrick Buisson.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) (The Associated Press)

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    This June 9, 2009 photo shows Patrick Buisson, a former aide of President Nicolas Sarkozy, in his office outside Paris. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife Carla Bruni are asking a judge for an emergency injunction Monday March 10, 2014, barring any publication of private conversations secretly recorded by former aide Patrick Buisson, also including discussions between Sarkozy and his inner circle. Buisson made the recordings, which his lawyer said were to help the aide keep accurate records. (AP Photo/Patrick Iafrate) (The Associated Press)

A French court has ordered an ex-aide of Nicolas Sarkozy to pay 10,000 euros ($14,000) in damages and costs to the former French president over secret recordings that were published in an online journal, and instructed the publication to pull down the links.

Sarkozy and his pop-star-supermodel wife, Carla Bruni, had demanded an emergency injunction blocking publication of their conversation, which surfaced in the online publication Atlantico. The court Friday ordered Atlantico to take down the audio files.

Once-trusted aide Patrick Buisson was ordered to pay 10,000 euros in damages to Sarkozy for making the recordings, and Atlantico and Buisson were each ordered to pay 1,000 euros in court costs.

Atlantico has already pulled the playful exchange between Sarkozy and Bruni.

Atlantico said it would appeal.

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