Wednesday, November 16, 2005
When French political activist Christophe Grébert started a blog about his local government’s waste and mismanagement, he knew it would attract attention. The city had been run by the same mayor, Charles Ceccaldi-Raynaud, for more than 30 years—and he was actively grooming Joëlle, his daughter and deputy, to fill his shoes. What Grébert didn’t know was that blogging about an entrenched political family would land him in court. But next February, Grébert will defend himself in a trial brought by the city of Puteaux, a prosperous Paris suburb.