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Ruling expected today in Victor Hugo case.


A contemporary sequel to Les Miserables by Victor Hugo could be banned by France's highest court of appeal today (30 January).

According to The Daily Telegraph, court proceedings commenced in 2001 after the release of a book by Francois Ceresa entitled Cosette ou le Temps des Illusions (Cosette or the Time of Illusions).

Hugo's great-great-grandson, Pierre Hugo, alleges that Ceresa's novel violates the "respect of the integrity" of the original 1862 work.

The case was previously dismissed by judges but in 2004 an appeal court overturned that verdict and proved a direct line of descent from Victor to Pierre Hugo.

If the court rules in Hugo's favour Ceresa's novel will be removed from bookshops and the book's editor will also be liable for legal fees.
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Date:Jan 30, 2007
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