Company Fined for Nude Bruni Handbags

Bag maker must pay $58K
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 9:11 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI, left, and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, gesture after their meeting at the Elysee Palace on Sept. 12, 2008, as French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, center, looks on.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – A company has been fined more than $58,000 for using the naked image of France's first lady without her permission, the BBC reports. A court on Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, says canvas bags made by Pardon! violated Carla Bruni's rights to her own image. The bags feature a 1993 image of Bruni and the words: "My boyfriend should have bought me Pardon." Damages will go to charity.