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French Blogger Fined Over Faulty Restaurant Review

Negative review earns French blogger fine of thousands

A French judge has ruled against a blogger in the South West region of Aquitaine after her blog post is proved to cause 'unfair' damage to a local restaurant.

The blogger, Ms Doublet, was fined over 2000 euros in damages and court costs after her blog post entitled 'The place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino'- a negative review of the restaurant, Il Giandino- featured too highly in a Google search for the restaurant.

Her negative review, within which she complains about the restaurant's poor attitude and service, featured 4th on a Google search for Il Giardino and therefore, as Google is one of the biggest most used search engines in the world, the review was causing an unfair damage to the reputation of the restaurant.

In addition to the extensive fine, the judge ordered Ms Doublet to change the title of the post so that the term 'the place to avoid' was less prominent.

The blog post has since been deleted and Ms Doublet said of the case that it "creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' or of having too great an influence.


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