Mosley wins battle against NOTW in France
9 November 2011 – Former FIA President Max Mosley has won a legal battle against now defunct British tabloid the News of the World following the scandal involving his personal life in 2008. Having failed to win the court battle in the United Kingdom, the newspaper has now been ordered to pay a fine of €10,000, €7,000 in damages and €15,000 in legal costs (equating to a total of €32,000 or £27,500) under French law.
Although it is true that Mosley was involved in an orgy which was secretly recorded by several women, a Paris judge has now found News Group Newspapers – which published the News of the World – guilty of having inaccurately labelled the activities as Nazi-themed; this caused public outrage at the time, as Mosley is son of late fascist leader Oswald Mosley.
“News of the World is to be considered as a criminal under French law,” Philippe Ouakrat, lawyer for Mosley, told The Guardian.
“I think it was very important for Mr. Mosley to obtain this sort of decision – a decision by a criminal court against the paper, against the publisher and the Murdoch group. I think we are now a bit used to having the News Group condemned by courts and being put in a difficult position.”