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Friday, February 21, 2003

Sun faces possible fine for Chirac attack reports today's Financial Times with a faint smile in its ink. Apparently,

The Sun, the UK's top selling tabloid newspaper, on Thursday risked a €45,000 ($48,000) fine after it produced a special French edition with a front page blasting President Jacques Chirac as a "worm" who was a "disgrace to Europe" because of his diplomatic stance on Iraq.

France's controversial 'insult laws', deemed incompatible by libertarians with Article 19 of the United Nation's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, make it a criminal offence to disparage the president.

Well at €45,000, that's less than one ten of a cent per capita for each Briton. A small price to pay for pleasure of insulting the French. I'm sure they'll easily raise the money.

Incidentally, what's the fine for insulting your hosts by referring to their people's state as a "shitty little country"?

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