France: Google fined 5,000 euros in libel ruling

A convicted sex offender has sued Google after he found that an instant search of his name on was accompanied with the words “rapist”, “Satanist”, “convicted” and “prison”. A court in Paris has ordered the internet giant to pay 5,000 euros and remove the search suggestions, which are generated automatically. The plaintiff, who is appealing against a three-month sentence for corruption of a minor, believed the search results were harmful to his reputation. Google has said it will appeal the decision.