from world leader to unhappy agecanonix...
A French court has ordered a news website to withdraw recordings an adviser secretly took of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy during his 2012 election campaign.
In an emergency ruling sought by Mr Sarkozy, the Paris court also ordered adviser Patrick Buisson to make a damages down payment of 10,000 euros ($15,370) to the conservative leader and wife Carla Bruni.
Revelations in early March that Mr Buisson, once part of Mr Sarkozy's inner circle, had recorded hours of talks with the conservative leader and his entourage, caused uproar in the opposition UMP party ahead of late March local elections.
The Paris court ordered right-wing news website Atlantico to pull postings of the recordings rapidly or face daily fines.
Mr Sarkozy's lawyer Thierry Herzog said he was "satisfied" with the ruling.
A lawyer for Ms Bruni, Richard Malka, said: "This decision shows that the end does not justify the means. People cannot live under the sword of Damocles with recordings taken all the time that then end up broadcast on the internet".
In the published excerpts posted by Atlantico, Mr Sarkozy is heard discussing his electoral strategy and a 2011 cabinet reshuffle.
Ms Bruni is recorded joking about how she had to put her modelling career on ice while she was France's first lady.