France's brand-new first lady and well-known journalist Valérie Trierweiler recently won damages of 2,000 euros from the French celebrity weekly VSD for breaching her privacy and image rights by publishing a cover photo of her sunbathing, building sandcastle scale models of the Châtaeu d'If, bodyboarding, and whatever other beach activities the French ruling class engages in, all while wearing her bikini. (In the photo, Trierweiler's just relaxing next to her partner, Prime Minister François Hollande.)
According to the Telegraph, VSD seems a little bewildered by the judgment, especially considering the fact that publishing photos of French presidential couples is, in the words of the magazine's lawyer, a "harmless tradition." Not only that, but Paris Match, a magazine that still has Trierweiler on its payroll, published the same bikini photos, albeit not on its cover. That has given fuel to French critics of the first lady, who earned some public ire earlier this summer when reports of her ongoing feud with Hollande's former partner Ségolène Royal and her children prompted Hollande to put out a few public relations brushfires. So long as she remains ensconced in the Elysée palace, many observers think that she should be off the payroll at Paris Match.