Sarko Loses Bid to Block Voodoo Doll

French court rules presidential pincushion falls within the limits of humor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 8:35 AM CDT
Voodoo dolls depicting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and former socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal are seen in Paris, in this Oct. 22 , 2008 file photo.    (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon )
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(Newser) – A French judge apparently finds Nicolas Sarkozy voodoo dolls funnier than the president does. The court threw out Sarkozy's Iawsuit against the maker of the dolls, the BBC reports, deciding it hadn't breached limits of "free expression and the right to humor." Sales of the presidential pincushion, which comes emblazoned with some of Sarkozy's famous sayings, jumped after he launched the lawsuit.