French court hands down decision favourable to Crédit Agricole in case with France 2 TV channel
On Thursday 12 July, the Paris High Court (Tribunal de Grande Instance - TGI) ordered France 2 to screen a “right to correction” for Crédit Agricole following a report on communication by companies seeking to give themselves a responsible environmental image, a process known as “greenwashing”.
The bank filed an emergency action against France Télévisions following the 4 May 2012 broadcast on France 2 of an investigative report entitled Cash investigation, on greenwashing, part of which focused on Crédit Agricole.
Crédit Agricole had asked the TV channel to broadcast a right to correction – a request that was refused – and as a result filed suit in the French courts.
Crédit Agricole wished to protest against inaccurate statements likely to damage its corporate image and said that its objective is the development of a responsible economy that generates as little pollution as possible.
The court ordered France 2 to broadcast a right to correction in the Cash Investigation programme within three weeks, and to pay legal costs of 4,000 euros to Crédit Agricole.