Paris court fines photographer over Diana photos

PARIS (AP) -- A Paris appeals court has fined a British photographer for violating French privacy laws by taking pictures of Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed shortly before their death.

The court says Jason Fraser must pay a $4,350 fine as well as $7,250 in damages to Fayed's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, who brought the suit.

The court also on Thursday fined the director of French newspaper "France Dimanche" for printing the photos.

The images showed the princess and Fayed vacationing aboard a yacht shortly before their death in a car accident in Paris in August 1997. The images were widely considered proof of the relationship between Diana and Fayed and made the front pages of many British newspapers.

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