David Ginola could be forced to take DNA test
David Ginola, the former Premiership footballer, is facing legal action from an 18-year-old French student ordering him to conduct a DNA test to prove she is his daughter.
Joy Pinquier, 18, claims she is the result of an affair between the former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United player and her mother, Joelle.
She has asked a judge in Marseille to order Mr Ginola, 43, to take a paternity test, which he has refused to do three times since 2005.
"It is very important to me that he recognises he is my father so I can rebuild my life and move on," she said.
"I cannot understand why he has always refused a paternity test, but because he has and now that I am 18, I am demanding he undergo one."
His previous refusals – an avowal of paternity in the eyes of the law – led a court in November 2006 to order Mr Ginola to pay €450 per month in child support.
"If he refuses the test, she will be recognised as his lawful daughter," Miss Pinquier's lawyer, Gilles Collard, said.
"There is an existential issue at stake – she wants a father – but undeniably a financial one," he said. In France, inheritance is divided up equally between all children.
Mr Ginola will also have to financially contribute to her studies, he added.
Joelle Pinquier, 41, also claims she has proof that the millionaire Frenchman fathered her daughter during a six-month affair between 1991 and 1992. She said the pair met through a mutual friend while he was playing for the club Paris Saint-Germain.
Mr Ginola's daughter Andrea with his wife Coralie was born just three months after Miss Pinquier's birth on November 11, 1992. The family divide their time between London and the French Riviera.
Last year, Mrs Pinquier took the Gallic star to court for refusing to honour support payments, but the case was dropped in May when it transpired he had paid up.
After initially denying the affair took place, Mr Ginola's lawyer recently said that her client admits he had a one-night stand with Mrs Pinquier, but that Miss Pinquier's conception does not tally with that date.
She said she had no idea whether he would agree to a paternity test, adding: "It is difficult to be rational in such circumstances."