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Injunction Ruling Looms Over Kate Photos
A judge in Paris is to rule at 11am over whether to grant an injunction stopping any further publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge in France.
Prince William and his wife Kate, who are currently on an official tour in the Solomon Islands, want French Closer magazine - the first to publish the notorious images of them on holiday in Provence - to face tough action.
In court, Aurelien Hamelle, a lawyer for the royal couple, said the Duchess was a "young woman, and not an object" and the photos were from a "highly intimate moment".
Bringing the civil action, he said his clients were not asking for the magazine to be pulled from shelves, saying "the damage is done", but they did not want any more copies printed of last Friday's edition that contained the controversial pictures.
Drawing a parallel with the "fatal hunt" by paparazzi that led to the death of William's mother Princess Diana, Mr Hamelle urged the judge to grant an injunction against all republishing of the photographs in print and in digital form and to ban their resale.
Mr Hamelle asked the court to fine the magazine 10,000 euro (£8,070) a day for each day the injunction is not respected, and 100,000 (£80,720) if the photos are sold. The royals are also seeking 5,000 euro (£4,034) in damages.
French Closer has defended the decision to publish the pictures, saying the images "are by no means degrading".
Delphine Pando, a lawyer for the magazine and its publisher Mondadori media group, said it was an unreasonable request to demand an immediate end of printing last Friday's edition.
The lawyer also denied Mondadori tried to sell the images to other media organisations.
Sky News Correspondent Michelle Clifford, in Paris, said Ms Pando "showed the judge photographs of where the terrace they (the royal couple) were sunbathing on was in relation to the road, effectively saying they could be seen".
Meanwhile, lawyers for William and Kate have also asked France's criminal prosecutors to consider charging the photographer who took the pictures.
Mondadori also produces Italian gossip magazine Chi, which has published a 38-page special edition featuring the images of the royal couple on holiday.
Royal officials said no decision has been taken on separate legal proceedings in Italy.
French Closer, which is run by a different company to the British edition, caused outrage when it printed several pages of explicit images taken of the couple at a private hotel this month.
The move was roundly condemned but did not put off the Irish Daily Star carrying the images on Saturday.
The tabloid's future is in question after Northern and Shell, which publishes the Daily Star and the Daily Express in the UK and jointly owns the Irish title with Independent News and Media, indicated it was taking steps to have it shut down.
The editor of the Irish Daily Star, Michael O'Kane, has been suspended pending an investigation into the publication of the images.
Although more publications plan to print the photographs, officials say William and Kate remain focused on their Diamond Jubilee tour, which landed in the Solomon Islands on Sunday.
They were welcomed to the Queen's Pacific Realm by island warriors in a traditional ceremony before being†paraded through the streets of Honiara in an open-top vehicle shaped like a canoe.
The couple appeared at ease when they chatted to a group of topless women who had performed a dance for them. Exposed breasts are a normal part of life in the area the women are from.