While many politicians, celebrities, and other prominent individuals constantly try to use the press to boost their popularity, members of the media are constantly looking for stories that will interest consumers and “sell papers,” even if it concerns the private lives of others. As a result, several laws have been passed in numerous different countries all over the world to protect both the individual’s right to privacy and the media’s right to free speech. Often times, law courts try to find a middle ground between these two laws in order to protect the rights of both parties. However, the French laws regarding media and the privacy of the individual, specifically Article 9 of the French Civil Code, are much different than any other country’s. In France, the privacy of the individual almost always comes before another’s freedom of speech, in both law and public opinion. In contrast with many other countries, France has a history of keeping one’s private life out of the public sphere. Thus, a stricter law code has developed to protect the privacy of all and punish those who try to go against the age-old, societal values protecting the privacy of each citizen.