A French judge has rejected President Sarkozy’s bid to stop sales of a “voodoo doll” in his image.
The Paris judge said the doll was “within the authorised limits of free expression and the right to humour”, reports the BBC.
Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer said the president would appeal against the decision.
The doll comes with pins which users can stick into memorable quotes from the president printed on the doll, such as “work more to earn more”.
Mr Sarkozy took the makers of the kit – publishing company K&B – to the courts after it went on sale on 9 October. His lawyer said Mr Sarkozy had “exclusive and absolute rights” over his own image.
However, the company refused to stop selling the kit, saying Mr Sarkozy’s reaction was “totally disproportionate”.
K&B also released a similar doll of Segolene Royal, Mr Sarkozy’s rival in the presidential elections last year.
She decided not to take action against K&B, saying: “I have a sense of humour.”