Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander

A French court has fined presidential candidate Eva Joly €1,000 for slander. In 2009, the judge-turned-politician accused Sports Minister David Douillet of holding accounts in a tax haven.

Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander
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Green politician Eva Joly says she intends to appeal the court’s decision to slap her withe the suspended fine, according to newswire AFP. Judges in Paris ruled that Joly had been “careless making such a statement in public, without solid proof and without checking her facts”, daily Le Monde reports.

Joly was also condemned to pay Douillet one euro in damages and €3,000 in legal costs.

In 2009, Joly accused the Sports Minister of holding accounts in Liechenstein during a debate on tax havens. She insists she was quoting a newspaper at the time.

However, the court ruled that as a former judge she should have been aware she was not allowed to make such allegations without proof. But her lawyer William Bourdon says a suspended fine means the judges did not think the incident was very serious.

The ruling is not good news for Joly, whose campaign has been erratic in recent weeks. She however insisted she would not be “destabilised” by the court’s decision.

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Green candidate leaves hospital after fall

The Green candidate in France's presidential election, Eva Joly, was allowed to return home on Monday after being hospitalised overnight following a fall as she left a cinema, officials said.

Green candidate leaves hospital after fall

The Norwegian-born Joly “was hospitalised in the cardiovascular department of Cochin Hospital at 2.30am on Monday morning after a fall with facial trauma and brief loss of consciousness,” medical officials said.

“There are several superficial bruises to the face and the right eyebrow,” it said.

Checks for heart problems proved negative, suggesting that Joly had tripped rather than had a heart attack, they added.

She was released on Monday evening and returned to her home in the Montparnasse area of the city, her party said.

Opinion polls say that Joly, 68, who worked previously as an investigative magistrate, is on course to win around two percent of votes in the April 22nd first round of the French presidential election.

Under the terms of the constitution, if doctors had identified a serious health problem that would have affected her ability to campaign, the election could have been postponed by up to 35 days.

As it is, her campaign director Stephane Sitbon-Gomez said Joly’s fall had had no direct effect on her campaign and she would be attending an election rally in the western city of Nantes on Wednesday as scheduled.