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Sarkozy pair win Ryanair ad case
Ad featuring Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in Le Parisien, 28-01-2008
The couple say the image was used without their consent
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his bride Carla Bruni have won a case against low-cost airline Ryanair for using their picture without consent.

But the court in Paris awarded Ms Bruni only 60,000 euros (US$89,000; 45,000) - a fraction of the 500,000 euros she had asked for.

Mr Sarkozy was given the symbolic single euro he had claimed for himself.

The couple sued over an advert which showed Ms Bruni saying: "With Ryanair, all my family can attend my wedding."

The advert appeared in France before the couple's wedding on Saturday.

'No offence meant'

Ms Bruni - a former model - said 500,000 euros would have been her normal professional fee for appearing in an advertisement.

But the court put her loss of earnings at only 60,000 euros.

Ryanair had apologised before the case came to court for using the couple's image without their consent, insisting it meant no offence.

Ryanair said: "In the light of the extraordinary worldwide publicity generated by this single advert, we have instructed our lawyers to write to President Sarkozy's office, offering to make a similar 60,000 euro payment to any French charity of President Sarkozy's choice."

It also said it would not run the advertisement again.

The couple's relationship has been front-page news worldwide since it began late last year, after the president's divorce.

The court also ordered the airline to publish its verdict in the newspaper which had carried the original advertisement.

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Footage of President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni



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