French criminal probe opened over Kate topless pics
PARIS (AFP) - French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had begun investigating whether a gossip magazine and a photographer broke the law by publishing topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine.
The preliminary criminal probe, which follows a complaint lodged by the royal couple on Monday, was announced just hours before a French court was to rule on whether to ban the resale of the photos first published by Closer.
It will allow the prosecutor to decide whether to proceed with a full investigation of allegations that the taking of and publication of the pictures breached the couple's right to privacy under French law. The prosecutor will also have to decide who any criminal proceedings are directed against.
The royals' suit cites persons unknown but aides say they want proceedings against both the editor of Closer and the photographer or photographers who took the shots of the couple at a southern French chateau earlier this month.