The day after the Blues were eliminated from their World Cup against South Africa, Voici, used to hitting the headlines, struck again. Photos of Fabien Galthié and his partner, Belgian actress Helena Noguerra, naked on a beach in Normandy, were revealed in the celebrity magazine.
“To forget the defeat of the Blues, the coach of the XV of France and the actress treated themselves to a very natural getaway!” were captioned the photos of the couple on a beach in Normandy. The coach of the XV of France and his partner had been followed by paparazzi until then. As soon as these photos were published, the couple announced that they would sue Here.
The judge in charge of this case ruled in favor of Fabien Galthié and Helena Noguerra, thus ordering the magazine to pay them compensation of 21,000 euros (12,000 euros for the coach, 9,000 for his partner).
“If it is not particularly disputed that the terms used are not particularly malicious (...) and that the report focuses on a peaceful moment in his existence, this alone element is in any case not of nature to remove their intrusive nature to private life to the extent that the article has no other purpose than to satisfy the curiosity of readers for commercial purposes, to the detriment of respect for the private life of those who are there mentioned,” the court said.
“It should be taken into account that the photographs were obviously taken at a distance, with a telephoto lens, over several hours or even several days, which demonstrates harmful surveillance of his leisure activities and is likely to participate to the feeling of ''deep unease'' that he invokes,” added the latter.