Two French Politicians Demand 466 Tweets Saying Sorry from Twitter User
Published on: 2nd May 2012
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Two French politicians are suing a Twitter user, Baptiste Fluzin after he allegedly posted insulting messages about them on the Twitter website.
The two opposition politicians, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet Jean-François Copé filed the complaint at the Paris Criminal Court citing "public insults".
They are seeking though, a token EUR1 in damages, but also EUR5,000 in costs - and an order that he send out a total of 466 messages to his followers apologizing to the two politicians.
The choice of 466 apologies seems to be related to the number of followers he had at the time of his original messages.
As his followers will therefore be bombarded by a flood of identical messages, quite who is being punished is debatable.
If the court upholds the complaint, then Fluzin will have one month to comply with the demand to post all the apologies, or face further fines.
The first hearing in the case is set for June.