Apparently, the hot-selling product at Amazon.fr is a Nicholas Sarkozy voodoo doll. And French President Sarkozy doesn’t like it. So much so, in fact, that he has sued the manufacturer to have the dolls taken off the market.
Sarkozy’s lawyer is arguing that the president — like any French person — owns the right to his own image under the law.
Publishing house K&B Editions is insisting that the right to humor stems from freedom of expression.
Well, I know how this lawsuit would turn out in the United States. However, I am not an expert on the French right of publicity. A decision from the Paris court is expected Wednesday.
For those who are interested in the manufacturer’s description of the product, here’s a loose translation:
You hate Nicolas Sarkozy because he’s too far to the right? You scorn Nicolas Sarkozy because he’s not far enough to the right? You wonder if he thinks before speaking? You think of taking a second job to keep your head above water? Well-played! You thought of electing a man who would reform the country and would make France shine all over the world? And yet, you have always so much to deal with at the end of the month and dream to leave this company which does nothing but benefit the rich to go to sell French fries at the seaside. Breathe. Because this is where The Handbook Voodoo Nicolas Sarkozy comes into play. Thanks to the magic spells concocted by the specialist in sorcery Yaël Rolognese, you can entreat the evil eye and prevent Nicolas Sarkozy from causing more damage. Then why do you wait? When you take your retirement at 87 years, it will be too late. Act as fast as possible and start to rebuild the French political scene thanks to The Handbook Voodoo Nicolas Sarkozy.
Then again, maybe it’s working and that’s why Sarkozy wants it off the marker. ;-)