Back in 2012, Frenchman Fluzin Baptiste took to Twitter to air his dissatisfaction with local politicians Jean-Francois Cope and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. He did so in as classy a manner as we'd expect from a Frenchman: He called them "son of a bitch" and "big slut," respectively.
We're sure that sounded much classier in French.
"They sacre bleu the entire French Foreign Legion."
Anyway, rather than firing back a "yo mama" joke like any politician/Twitterer worth his or her salt would, Cope and Kosciusko-Morizet instead fired up the French justice system and accused Baptiste of Internet-age defamation. The court agreed, and handed down a sentence that would make Bart Simpson awaken in a cold sweat: In addition to paying a symbolic single Euro in damages (plus 5,000 more in court costs), Baptiste would spend one month sending precisely 466 apology tweets, or else pay 100 Euros for each missed tweet (that's over 110 large in US dollars, should he refuse to fork over the tweets).
Each of these 466 (Not 465 or 467. 466) forced apologies was to read:
I have severely insulted Jean-Francois Cope and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. I regret and apologize.
The original draft.
That's right, the real victims of this ridiculous punishment are Baptiste's Twitter followers, who would have to get spammed with that shit every day. But don't worry -- a little digging through Google Translate reveals that Baptiste managed to wriggle out of this Internet equivalent of writing sentences on the blackboard ... nearly a year later. Because apparently the cost of a year-long court battle pales in comparison to having to shit up his own Twitter feed with hundreds of copy-pasted apologies. He's got a brand to look out for, damn it!