PARIS, Jan 12, 2016:
Taking a selfie next to a sleeping politician could land you in a world of trouble.
When popular dancer Brahim Zaibat, who once dated Madonna, took a cheeky selfie next to former presidential candidate Jean Marie Le Pen who was asleep on the same flight both of them were travelling in and uploaded it to social media, he never realised he could be slapped with a massive US$77,000 (RM340,000) lawsuit.
Le Pen, who is the founder of France’s far-right political party, The National Front, is suing the hip-hop dancer for posting the funny selfie on Facebook and Instagram with the caption- “Let’s all vote tomorrow to give them a knock-out blow. To preserve our fraternal France”.
Zaibat took the picture of Le Pen after noticing the man who is famous for his anti-immigrant views, fast asleep on the flight, according to a report in news.com.au
The seemingly harmless selfie which received nearly 200,000 likes and 30,000 shares with online users sharing thoughts and comments about racism and immigration in France did not amuse the politician.
He is now claiming US$77,000 (RM340,000) worth of damages after the party he began failed to win a single seat in the second round of regional elections, despite overwhelmingly strong results in earlier votes.
He claimed the embarrassing selfie uploaded ahead of France’s December polls harmed his image and was “instrumental” in the party’s defeat, the news.com.au
Zaibat is yet to make any further comments on the picture following the lawsuit. French media reports the damages hearing will take place on January 22.