The famous writer won his appeal. The Court of Cassation ruled on Tuesday in favour of Yann Moix, who was sued by his brother Alexandre for defamation, considering that there was no reason to convict him as the Paris Court of Appeal had done. The case relates to a November 2019 TV show, Balance ton post on C8. Yann Moix, now 55 years old, had violently attacked his younger brother, 51 years old.
Alexandre Moix had filed a complaint for defamation. He reproached his brother for having described him as a man who had taken "heavy psychotropic drugs for many years", at one time "interned", and in politics "very, very close to neo-Nazi groups, Maxime Brunerie and co", in reference to an extremist who had tried to assassinate President Jacques Chirac in July 2002.
Alexander's Proximity to Neo-Nazi Movements
In November 2021, the Paris judicial court acquitted Yann Moix, who had appealed. In October 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal ordered the 2013 Renaudot Prize to pay €1,000 in damages, and €3,000 in legal costs for the plaintiff's comments on his brother's political opinions. Yann Moix appealed to the Court of Cassation. And the Court of Cassation finally ruled in his favour, annulling the entire procedure.
For the supreme court, the Court of Appeal had disregarded the 1881 law, which made defamation "a precise imputation which necessarily injures honour or reputation". According to the Court of Cassation, Yann Moix's remarks "merely refer to the proximity of the civil party to neo-Nazi or far-right movements, and in particular to one of its members, involved in an attempt to assassinate a former head of state, which does not constitute the imputation, to the civil party, of a sufficiently precise fact".
The two men have a very enduring grudge against each other, dating back to childhood. It erupted publicly on the occasion of the publication of Yann Moix's novel "Orléans" in 2019. During the trial in 2021, Alexandre Moix claimed that he had never been politically active or publicly expressed his opinions, unlike Yann who had admitted in 2019 to having been the author of anti-Semitic cartoons and texts in a student newspaper, 30 years earlier.