Media News - Tuesday, September 11, 2012
France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, head of the LVMH luxury group, is suing the leftwing newspaper Libe'ration for publicly insulting him. Arnault launched a lawsuit on Monday after the paper carried a large photograph of the business tycoon with the headline "Casse-toi riche con!" (Get lost, rich jerk) on its front page. The headline echoed the former president Nicolas Sarkozy's insult to a farmworker who refused to shake his hand at the national agricultural show. Sarkozy told the man: "Casse-toi pauv' con!" (Get lost, poor jerk). The Liberation story referred to Arnault's announcement that he was seeking Belgian nationality just a day before President Francois Hollande confirmed a 75 percent tax band for those earning more than EUR 1m a year. Lawyers for Arnault, ranked the world's fourth richest man with a net worth of around USD 41bn by Forbes magazine, announced in a statement that he was suing Libe'ration for public insult over the headline, which he described as vulgar and violent. (The Guardian)
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