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PARIS — French actress Julie Gayet whose affair with President Francois Hollande caused a sensation earlier this year won a second court case Tuesday against the gossip magazine that revealed their liaison.

A criminal court in Nanterre west of Paris ruled that a picture of published by Closer magazine of Gayet in her car was a violation of her privacy and handed the magazine’s editor and the photographer who took the image suspended fines, French radio reported.

The picture appeared in Closer‘s January 17 edition, a week after the paper first revealed the liaison between the 60-year-old president and 42-year-old actress.

In France, taking a person’s photograph in a private place without their consent is an offense punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (59,000 dollars).

Gayet successfully argued that her car was a private place.

The ruling is the second against Closer over the affair.

In a civil case in March, the magazine was ordered to pay Gayet 15,000 euros in damages over an earlier set of pictures showing her and Hollande arriving separately at a Paris apartment they allegedly used for trysts.

The pictures led to Hollande’s split from his partner of several years, journalist Valerie Trierweiler.

Trierweiler, 49, is bringing out a book on Thursday on her year-and-a-half stint as first lady, France Info radio reported Tuesday.

The book’s release was confirmed to the radio by Les Arenes publishing company.

A journalist for the parliamentary channel LCP tweeted that the account was entitled “Merci pour le moment” (Thanks for the moment) and that it “does not spare Hollande.”

AFP Photo/Jewel Samad

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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