French court to rule on Kate photos

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A French court says it will decide today whether to order an injunction halting further publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate.

The royal request was made after a popular French gossip magazine printed 14 pictures of the partially clad Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in its pages last week.

The decision came after an hour of arguments by lawyers for the royal couple and Mondadori, the Italian publishing house that owns Closer, the French magazine. The British royals were seeking damage control. An Italian gossip magazine also in the Mondadori stable published a 26-page spread of photos of Kate without her swimsuit top and an Irish tabloid published more Kate topless photos over the weekend.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's legal team filed charges against Closer, a French magazine that was the first to publish photographs of the couple outside a secluded villa in Provence, including shots of Kate sunbathing topless.

Attorneys for the royal couple sought an injunction against Closer magazine using more pictures and to prevent further publication of the photographs in France. It will lead to a longer court case where damages will be sought.

The lawyers requested the issue be removed from newsstands, the photos be removed from the publication's online site and further reprint be prohibited.

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