Closer, a French gossip magazine, has been ordered by a jury to pay €20,000 in damages to Florian Philippot for ‘invasion of privacy’. The magazine, famous for its invasive feature articles (such as the revelation of current French president François Hollande’s alleged affair), had published a four page article on December 12th with pictures of Philippot with an alleged boyfriend. The verdict, which was published on Christmas Eve, includes the payment by the magazine of Philippot’s lawyer fees and the publication the jury’s decision on front page.
The jury has explained how, even if Florian Philippot is a person of public interest, the reveal of his sexuality is wrong because he never intended to reveal it himself. It also condemned the fact that the photographs were taken by a teleobjective because “it demonstrates a damaging surveillance of their leisure activities” and it “participates of a harassment phenomena,” as we can read in Le Monde.
Florian Philippot is vice president of the Front National, a far-right conservative French party.
Craigwilly explains the Front National in a handy guide here. As the Independent explains, the revelation of Philippot’s alleged sexual orientation and Sébastien Chenu’s, founder of the French center-right LGBTQAI+ political party GayLib, recruitment has made the French far right think that Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, is “surrounded by a gay lobby”, which rises suspicion among the party’s voters.