France's Supreme Court on Wednesday partially overturned the acquittal of three photographers tried for invasion of privacy after they snapped pictures of Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed at the scene of their fatal 1997 car crash, a lawyer said.
The case will now be retried by a Paris appeals court -- a process expected to last into next year.
Jacques Langevin, Christian Martinez and Fabrice Chassery were first acquitted in November 2003 -- a ruling upheld on appeal in September. The courts concurred that a crashed vehicle on a public highway is not a private area -- a precedent-setting decision.
But the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court, disagreed, ruling Wednesday that a crashed vehicle is a private space.