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MEP Dati files paternity claim against hotel boss

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MEP Dati files paternity claim against hotel boss
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14:07 CEST+02:00
French former justice minister Rachida Dati has sought legal action to get hotel tycoon Dominique Desseigne to acknowledge paternity of her daughter, Desseigne's office said Tuesday.

But Dati, currently a member of the European Parliament, denied the claim, telling AFP: "It's false."

The Lucien Barriere group, which Desseigne heads, made a statement through its spokesman saying Dati had made a legal bid for "recognition of paternity" for her daughter Zora, born on January 2nd, 2009.

Dati had kept the identity of the father a secret, sparking a French guessing game that prompted Spain's former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar to formally deny paternity in a bid to squash rumours.

The others who figured in the frenzied speculation included a top Qatari official, a prominent French TV host, a leading Paris businessman and Desseigne.

Desseigne's chain, which includes 37 casinos, 15 luxury hotels and nearly 130 restaurants and bars including the famed Parisian restaurant Fouquet, posted turnover of nearly €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) last year.

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