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French magazine hands over topless Kate pics

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French magazine hands over topless Kate pics
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09:43 CEST+02:00
The French magazine that published topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine handed over files with the images Wednesday to the couple's representatives, a source close to the matter said.

The files were handed over after a French court on Tuesday ordered Closer magazine to present all forms of the pictures to the British royals within 24 hours or face a €10,000 ($13,000) fine for every day's delay.

Closer has said it does not own the images and simply bought them for exclusive first use, so it likely does not possess all the original files. It has refused to say from whom it bought them and who the photographer is.

A Swedish celebrity magazine meanwhile published the controversial pictures Wednesday, a day before its Danish sister magazine was to do the same.

The Swedish magazine Se och Hör splashed 11 pictures, taken during the couple's vacation in southern France several weeks ago, over three pages.

It was the fourth publication to print the paparazzi snaps which have outraged the British royal family, whose lawyers obtained a civil injunction and sought criminal charges in Paris in a bid to curb their spread.

French authorities on Tuesday banned Closer from any further distribution of the pictures and began a criminal probe into how they were obtained.

As well as ordering the magazine to hand over all forms of the pictures, the injunction also bans Closer from reusing them in print or on its website and re-selling them on pain of further €10,000 fines for each infringement.

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