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French Court Fines Photographers for Invading Princess Diana's Privacy


A Paris appeals court has given three photographers a symbolic fine for invading the privacy of Britain's Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al Fayed on the night of their fatal crash.

The court fined Jacques Langevin, Christian Martinez and Fabrice Chassery approximately $1.19 (one euro) each.

The court said the photographers invaded the privacy of Diana and Al Fayed twice. The first time was when they took pictures of the couple leaving the Paris Ritz Hotel in August 1997, shortly before the crash. The second was when they photographed the pair after the car crash.

The photographers had been acquitted in 2003. France's highest court last year ordered the case reconsidered. Officials say the lower court made its decision Friday.

French authorities have concluded that the accident was the result of speeding by the couple's chauffeur, Henri Paul, who was also driving under the influence of alcohol.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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