Skip to comments.Police raid headquarters of French magazine in hunt for photographer of topless Duchess pictures
Posted on 09/19/2012 5:44:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Officers arrived at the Closer building in Paris at 10am, with detectives confirming they were looking for information which might lead to the identity of the paparazzi responsible.
The investigation was launched by prosecutors in the French capital on Monday, with William and Kate later winning an injunction preventing further distribution of the images.
But Christophe Bigot , a barrister who specialises in media law, immediately questioned the legality of the raid suggesting that it had solely been authoritised because members of the Royal Family were involved.
Journalistic sources who include photographers are strictly protected by French law which was tightened up as recently as two years ago.
"A law of January 2, 2010 protects the confidentiality of sources, as do numerous decisions of the European Court of Human Rights," said Mr Bigot, in an interview with Le Figaro. "In the case of William and Kate, I do not see how a prosecutor could justify a search of Closer."
On Tuesday, judges ordered Closer to hand over all files containing the images to representatives of the couple within 24 hours, but there was no order to name the photographer.
Referring to todays raid, a police source said : "The aim is to seize any information which might lead to the identity of the photographer."
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One would hope the French are looking for terrorists with such zeal.
This is much ado about very little, bless her heart.
Why are the French dancing to the tune called by British royalty? What would Joan d’Arc say?
Man - this is a lot of hoopla over a set of mediocre cans.
“The publisher of the Irish Daily Star on Monday evening suspended its editor Michael OKane with immediate effect, pending an investigation into the tabloid newspapers decision to re-publish photographs from the French magazine Closer............”
good points but the whole thing is disgusting. Just like everyone else she deserves some privacy.
Maybe that’s why the royals are pissed. The secret’s out. Just when I was maybe, sort of hinking the French had grown a pair with the Mohammed cartoons they once again prove their true nature.
You don’t have to raid a magazine to get them Just Google it.
Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has gone.
at that distance I would have thought I was alone. they should fine the heck out of them
Really. If only terrorists were hunted like this.
I have a novel approach to this: The Duchess should remain clothed in public like any other decent woman. Hope this doesn’t sound too prudish.
With Harry, then Prince Phillip, then Kate, we have seen a lot more of the British Royalty lately than we have ever seen before.
This lady better have some big giant titties to justify all this mess.
Wonder how this coincides with Charlie Hebdu or whatever French mag published the latest “insult” to Islam....
” hard currency”
“This lady better have some big giant titties to justify all this mess.”
Haven’t seen the photos yet?
They’re nothing to write home (or here) about.
If they want to get naked, stay indoors,
or come outside and flaunt it,
but don't be aghast when somebody snaps your picture.
Beat me to it.