Peeing Frenchman sues Google

2012-03-01 22:33

Angers - A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the firm's Street View service put on the internet a picture of him urinating in his garden, his lawyer said on Thursday.

"He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an object of ridicule in his village," lawyer Jean-Noel Bouillaud told AFP, asking for the name of the village not be published.

The slightly blurred photo, seen by AFP, shows an individual relieving himself in a garden in the village in the west-central Maine-et-Loire department.

"My client lives in a tiny hamlet where everyone recognised him," said Bouillaud, adding that his client was on his own property and that the gate to his garden was closed at the time the photo was taken.

His client is suing Google in a court in the city of Angers for infringement of his privacy and of his right not to have his photo published without his accord. He also wants the photo to be withdrawn from the site.

Google's lawyer, Christophe Bigot, said the lawsuit against his company was "implausible".

Street View allows users to take a ground level panoramic view of some locations on Google Maps, based on still photographs taken by specially equipped vehicles.

France's data privacy regulator imposed a record fine of €100 000 on Google last March for collecting private information while compiling photos for the service.

  • Glyn - 2012-03-01 22:50

    Nail Google! Viva le Frenchman!

  • Cecile - 2012-03-01 23:03

    WEE to go!!

      annadie - 2012-03-02 08:42


  • anton.labuschagne - 2012-03-01 23:14

    Big Brother is watching ....

  • stuart.steedman - 2012-03-01 23:49

    Everyone is confused. The Frenchie was having a oui, not a wee. He was simply saying "yes" in his garden, not urinating in it.

  • Jack - 2012-03-02 04:04

    wow - he must be quite pissed!

      Jarryd - 2012-03-02 06:30

      Bud-dum Tshhhhh! :)

  • jonny.g.gonzalez - 2012-03-02 05:44

    google 'peeing frenchman' and all you'll find is Gerard Depardieu.

      Sam - 2012-03-02 11:52

      Haha - I bet if you Googled 'effing Frenchman', all the hits would involve DSK.

  • margiemeek - 2012-03-02 06:27

    I don't believe he was made a laughing stock. The french do not usually worry about this sort of thing

  • Ali - 2012-03-02 08:14

    Well, if you can be seen from a public road then it's your problem.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-02 08:31

    if i may ask, why the hell was he peeing in his garden?

      Alan - 2012-03-02 09:38

      Drought in the area???

      Alan - 2012-03-02 09:38

      Water restrictions?? Could be anything.

      John - 2012-03-02 09:48

      Because he is French.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-02 09:49

      because his neighbour kept getting annoyed when he peed in theirs!!!

      Mangoplanet - 2012-03-02 10:02

      I pee in my garden. Nothing wrong with that.You actually save water 'cause you don't have to flush.

  • mike.clery - 2012-03-02 08:53

    Yeah, it's Google's fault that he urinated in his garden, in full view of anyone using a public road.

  • Schmee - 2012-03-02 11:17

    LOL if the google car camera was able to take a photo of this guy then someone walking past his yard would have seen him too. Is it still peeing in private or is it now indecent exposure?

  • Martin - 2012-03-02 11:32

    hahahaha, classic,

  • Sam - 2012-03-02 11:53

    He should have left well enough alone, and merely stayed the laughing stock of his village. He's now the laughing stock of the whole world...

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-03-02 12:02

    To pee or not to pee, that is the question. I'm surprised that Google even published it and as Sam said below, he was just the laughing stock of his village and now he is the laughing stock of the entire world. Perhaps he is the village idiot!

  • Horst - 2012-03-02 13:40

    Eh, what an easy way to make money. Can I have a time table of when the Google truck comes through my area?

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