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Ruling made in Victor Hugo case.

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France's highest court of appeal has decided not to ban Francois Ceresa's novel entitled Cosette ou le Temps des Illusions (Cosette or the Time of Illusions), a contemporary sequel to Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

The case was first brought by Pierre Hugo, a great-great-grandson of the author, in 2001, alleging that Ceresa's novel violated the "respect of the integrity" of the original 1862 work.

According to The Guardian Hugo, who had requested GBP450,000 in damages, said he was "bitterly disappointed" with the verdict and will continue fighting to protect the classic 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.
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