NANTERRE, France - A French court has ordered the publisher of a gossip magazine to hand over all digital copies and files of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge and blocked the further publication of the images.
Under the ruling, the magazine Closer cannot publish the images of a private moment in the south of France any further, including on its website and tablet application. Justices gave the publisher 24 hours to hand over the digital files, or face a fine of 10,000 Euros per day.
There is also the potential for criminal charges.
The magazine published 14 photos of a partially clad Kate in its pages on Friday.
Tuesday's ruling is only a partial victory: If the royal family had hoped to block international publication, it was too late. Publications in Ireland and Italy already went ahead and put the pictures on newsstands.
Tuesday's ruling only affects the French publisher.
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