Man claims Google made him look like an idiot

A Frenchman feels his honour is at stake after Google’s Street View snapped him having a Nintendo in his front lawn.

While having a Wii in full view of the street might be OK in France, it is apparently not if you are seen by a Google street car. Christophe Bigot claims that a photo published online by Street View showing him having a number one in his front yard was just taking the pee.

He claims the snap made him the laughing stock of his village in rural northwest France.

Bigot is in his his 50s and lives in a village of some 3,000 people in the Maine-et-Loire region. He is demanding the removal of the photo, in which locals have recognised him despite his face being blurred out. He also wants 10,000 euros in relief.

His lawyer, Jean-Noel Bouillard, told Reuters that everyone has the right to a degree of secrecy.

He thought he was hidden from view by his closed gate as he relieved himself in November 2010. But Google’s lens caught him from above his gate as it passed by. No one but Bigot knows why he was urinating outside. We guess it is a French thing which us roast beef eaters would not understand.