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Kate Middleton

French Court Shuts Down

Publication of Topless Pics

9/18/2012 5:56 AM PDT UPDATED: 9/18/2012 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kate Middleton topless nude photos in Closer Magazine.A French court just put the kibosh on publication of the Kate Middleton topless pics, but the victory is kinda like plugging a dike which keeps springing leaks.

The court called the invasion of Kate and Prince William's privacy a "brutal display" and ordered Closer Magazine to immediately turn over all digital copies of the pics ... or else. The "or else" is a $13,100 daily fine.

Here's the problemo. The pics have also been published in Italy and Ireland and the ruling doesn't cover those magazines.

The palace also plans to file a criminal complaint. It appears the photog got the shots courtesy of a telephoto lens as they sunbathed on the balcony of a remote French chateau.

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