Sarkozy to sue publisher over voodoo doll

October 23rd, 2008 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, Oct 23 (DPA) French President Nicolas Sarkozy is going to court to force a French publisher to take off the market a voodoo doll in his image, French media reported Thursday.The doll, 20,000 of which went on sale on Oct 9, comes with a manual and a dozen pins that can be stuck through well-known quotes of his - such as “Work more and earn more,” or “Bugger off, you ass” - which are printed on the doll.

The daily Le Monde reported that Sarkozy’s attorney, Thierry Herzog, sent a letter to K&B Publishers, which makes the doll, asserting that Sarkozy “has an exclusive and absolute right” over his image and demanding that the doll be withdrawn from public sale.

However, a spokesperson for K&B said that the demand was “over the top” and that the publisher had no intention of removing the doll or the manual from bookstore shelves.

K&B has also put out a voodoo doll of Sarkozy’s Socialist Party opponent in the 2007 presidential election, Segolene Royal.

Royal’s attorney, Jean-Pierre Mignard, said that the effigy was “an affront to her dignity as a human being” and declared that she was also considering taking legal action.

The two dolls can be purchased together as a kit, or individually for 12.95 euros ($16.64) each. They are also available, for a 5 percent discount, from the French branch of the Internet sales outlet Amazon.

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